I woke up yesterday to a bit of sadness. My sweet 7 year old had faithfully awaken each morning the past week and checked on two cups in our front window. Inside of them were tiny seeds that had sprouted and tender plants that had begun to grow toward the sky. Oh how he was excited and proud of those plants.
One in particular was a mustard seed he had planted with his teacher a few weeks ago. But, for whatever reason, be it too hot in the window or not enough water, we awoke to find the poor thing shriveled up into nothing. I quickly put a little water on it, hoping to revive it…but it was a goner.
Simultaneously our city is under a water advisory. For the past month it has been on again and off again whether is safe to drink our water. Our water source was blessed with a toxic algae bloom and poison takes time to filter out. Thankfully we have an abundance of places nearby to get water from that is safe. With all the whining I am reminded that this really is just an inconvenience, and that water is so important to the sustenance of life–in everything. Even to little mustard seed growing in a living room window sill.
Jesus felt this way. In John 4:9-13 He was involved in a deep conversation with a precious woman from Samaria who was questioning the importance of water. His remarks to her lovingly drove home his point.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him, will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give to him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”. (ESV)
But how does one drink deeply from this water that Jesus talks confidently of? In my devotional reading this morning I saw this question answered. Hebrews 11–classically noted as the Hall of Faith chapter, and rightly so. As I read through this, I was reminded of all of the descendants before me whose very paths of life were watered with faith. They spent their time on earth worshiping the Creator of water Himself–and they thrived! In this one chapter alone, the words “by faith” are mentioned over 17 times!
The circumstances surrounding their faith were not common problems we have today. But to them, in that culture, at that time, they were vital to their ability to thrive under God’s directives. The result of their obedience to act in faith? Blessing.
*Abraham received an inheritance
*Israelites were permanently rescued from the Egyptians by crossing the sea onto dry land
*Daniel saw the lion’s mouths shut and was saved
*Joseph was reunited and reconciled with his family
*Rahab’s entire family was saved from destruction
*The dead were raised to life
And the list goes on….
Because of their small acts of faith and allowing God to pour into their lives they were blessed and we have a legacy of faith that encourages us in our craziest, saddest, and loneliest circumstances. We can cling to the promises that God is faithful, loving, and desires to do good in the grand story of His plan on this tainted earth.
What are you struggling with right now? What area can you surrender to God and allow Him to pour His beautiful refreshing water into your desert and revive it?
He promises to do it, just ask.
“For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you”. Matthew 17:20.
Love to you!