Move This Mountain
April 10, 2020
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. 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. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20
We are currently in a world crisis.
This crisis is a pandemic called COVID-19 and nobody seems to know when it will end. Some even wonder if life will ever be the same when it's over. Others have ideas of what they think might be happening-clinging to every conspiracy theory they can dig up. Still others have taken a more apathetic position and don't question anything. Somewhere in the middle is where many seem to find themselves landing, a healthy balance of questions while trying to keep a normal rhythm in their lives. At any rate, it's an unsettling time and if asked, I think we would wholeheartedly agree that we feel anxious to some extent. We've never experienced anything like this in our lifetime and are navigating through new territory. While we contemplate whether we have enough food and toilet paper to last for a few weeks, we've also been given an opportunity to stop and reflect while the world is at a stand still.
At such an unpredictable time, it seems impractical and somewhat impossible to make future plans that God has put on our hearts. Dreams feel imprisoned and put on hold until we get "control" over this. While there's wisdom in caution and practicality, Jesus gives us a very pointed lesson about faith in Matthew 17:20. He clearly teaches us that having faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move mountains. He goes as far to say that nothing will be impossible for us with just one tiny seed of faith. This speaks volumes to me.
He doesn't say that because there's a pandemic going on, His promises are discounted.
He doesn't say that because of an economic crisis, provision will be cut off.
And He surely doesn't say to give up hope on the dreams He has placed on your heart because the world is in disarray.
Despite what we are seeing, hearing, and feeling, we have a God who works miracles in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. Easter is clear proof of this. Jesus' didn't have COVID-19 to deal with while He ministered on Earth, but He had plenty of other factors that could have taken Him off course from God's plans. From the Pharisees that plotted to kill Him to the crowds that barraged Him day after day, Jesus faced much uncertainty and anxious moments. It was His faith in His Father that tethered Him and kept Him on course to the plan of salvation for all mankind. Nothing was impossible for Him and nothing is impossible for us if we just have faith.
Where will Protectors' Peak be in a year from now? We don't know. We see progress and pieces being put together one by one. We have faith that God can use us in this ministry that's so despereately needed. We'd be very content that He actually not move the mountain, but move US to the mountain! For now, we will plant our mustard seeds in our hearts and grow the faith needed for this dream. We will watch with expectancy for our God to move in a mighty way in these uncertain times. With Him, NOTHING is impossible!
Dreaming Deep in 2019
"Go big or go home."
I've been married to an ambitious dreamer for twenty-one years and I've heard this phrase more times than I can count. Sometimes it's said in jest, other times it's straight from the heart. In our early years, I tried to downshift this pioneer spirit in my husband, but to no avail. I was the cautious one. The girl who needed her ducks in a row.
I was the realist.
However, it didn't take long for my resistance to change to change course. His excitement and vision of what could be scared yet excited me. It also opened me up to interesting possibilities and opportunities I would never have thought of before. So much for playing it safe, sticking to the norm, and planting roots. That ship sailed several times over. But after all this time, here we are-four states, three apartments, nine houses, and four daughters later. Before you equate being a dreamer with being in a constant state of discontentment, let me encourage you to think otherwise. There is a point to this story....
Soon after the time we said "I do", a dream was birthed in us. Our original plan was to open and operate a bed and breakfast in our retirement years. Our love of old Victorians and hospitality were our motivation. Throughout the years, because of our many moves and opportunities, we experienced a variety of locations and people while developing and discovering our own individual gifts and abilities. Our original dream morphed into something bigger, more meaningful, and deeper than we originally planned. God had opened our eyes to a new ministry-hospitality with a purpose. His plan was greater and higher which made our dream deeper and more meaningful. When we began dreaming through His eyes, we came to a new realization that serving those who serve was our main focus. As we've traveled down this road, God has scattered snippets of significant signposts that have lead us down a path of discovery mixed with blind faith.
A dream realized will put hope in your heart and a spark of joy in your soul.
As we venture out on a limb, we are balancing nimbly as we take steps of faith. We trust in our God to turn this dream into a reality in His perfect way and timing. We cling to the promise that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.
As 2019 approaches, what are your dreams? Did you once have a dream that has been lost? Have your dreams been locked away due to frustration, discouragement, or inactivity? Perhaps the burdens of life are so heavy that dreaming doesn't seem possible. If you are at the bottom of a dream, may I encourage you to keep your focus on the top? Despite what Disney says, dreams don't come true over night-they actually take time to build, nurture, and develop. Dreams aren't sprinkled with glitter and fairy dust-they're often laced in sweat, tears, and tenacity. But God knows your heart and the dreams He's placed within it. Let Him care for both your heart and your dreams. Allow Him to draw out the dream, breathe new life into it, and put His brand on it. He will amaze you with His creativity and ingenuity.
May 2019 be the year for deep, not necessarily "big" dreams-ones that hold meaning, mission, and significance. For these are the dreams that God has sewn into your soul for His purposes. Pull them out, dust them off, and allow God to put a whole new spin on them
Dare to Dream Deeper!