Fresh Faith: Moving Mountains
The start of a new year: our chance to refocus and recalibrate. For me, I’m taking a fresh look at what it means to have faith. (Plus a tribute to my Super Dad… read on)
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move."(Matthew 17:20)
Matthew 17:20 reminds me of a kids action song I sang almost every week growing up in Sunday School – and I love the nursery rhyme feel about it. In a world that is cynical and complicated, I want to keep a childlike faith.
For my whole life, I have believed that my Dad can fix anything. From forging a side-career as a jewellery fixer, “dealing with” spiders in my room, and scooping me up when I’d missed the bus to school more times than I can count, Dad has always comes to my rescue. Even now, he remains a quick phonecall away, helping me to navigate terrible tribulations such as tax payments and my route home. I have faith that Dad will do the best he can to help me in every situation.
If I have this kind of trust in my own Dad – why don’t I have more faith in God, who ALWAYS keeps His promises, and loves me even more madly? With this in mind, I want to cultivate a simpler, and stronger faith in God. A faith that He always hears me. A faith that allows me to pray big!
This year I’ll be praying for God to mend relationships, to heal illnesses, to open doors with my future, and to bring my friends into relationship with Him. In every situation, I want to pray ‘Your will be done’ – and importantly, I want to keep trusting God even when the answers don’t look quite how I expected.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-4 (MSG)
Challenges are inevitable in this life, and 2017 will no doubt hold many new tests for us all.
But challenges don’t disprove our faith. Challenges refine our faith. And our faith, no matter how tiny, has the power to move mountains.
Let’s begin 2017 with fresh faith in a mighty God. Higher than the mountains we face, and sovereign over all that this year holds, God loves us deeply and will always keep His promises.
Lucy grew up in Cambridge, studied at Durham University (the best!) and spent a year back at home before marrying James (also the best!). She now lives in London, worships at Holy Trinity Clapham, and works in Marketing.