Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mulberry Musings

"And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you." (Luke 17:6 AMP, emphasis mine)

Faith is definitely what I need to deal with the problems in my life, apparently even if it's just the size of a small seed. And I can relate to mulberry trees, since we have a couple of them growing in the stream by the side of the house. I've just never put those particular words together in my life experience before, or even in a spiritual thought.

Birds and kids alike have busily filled their bellies with the delicious mulberry fruit at our house each May through the years, a treat which stains bare feet and bird poop a most incredible deep purple color! What I didn't know about the mulberry tree until today is that it has wide-spreading, deep roots, indicating that it would be difficult to move.

I do know that my struggle to develop a deeper faith is helped significantly by situations like I faced this past month in which I experienced great need, had few resources of my own to work with, and had no choice but to totally rely on God to work the difficult situations out. When He came through in a big way, my faith grew as a result.

Growth in the plant world is evidenced by the development of new leaves. And I turned over a "new leaf" spiritually yesterday in a situation with a family member that I spoke to on the phone. The need in this person's life is great, and there is nothing I can do to make things better for him but trust in God. Yet all I need to do is trust in God. I was surprised to find that so much easier to do today than the last time I talked to him; my faith has grown! His mountain is still huge, his problems "deep rooted" like the mulberry tree...but my trust in God is growing big enough to move both...even if it's still just the size of a mustard seed.

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