He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, 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
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:6
Back in 2006, I learned to knit. I can’t do it well, but enjoy creating simple things from beautiful balls of yarn. Every time I start a new project, it is overwhelming. I read the directions and they look entirely too complicated; I’m convinced I’m not a good enough knitter to complete the project. Casting on those first few stitches seems insignificant compared to all the stitches and rows needed to complete the project. Often, that first row looks so lumpy and misshapen that I am convinced my final piece won’t look right. Several times, I’ve ripped out my stitches and started over, only to have it look the same way. However, I’ve found if I keep moving forward, one stitch at a time, one row at a time, the individual stitches smooth out and I can finally see what I’m trying to create.
I think we do the same thing with God too. We are convinced that our tiny task isn’t right—that our work won’t ever result in a finished product. We do not have the faith of a mustard seed to realize that God sees the bigger picture. Our tiny task, completed step by step and row by row, will result in something much greater than our initial task.
Like the knitters who make individual squares and then come together to create an entire quilt, God tells us to have a tiny amount of faith to create something far greater than we think we can. Our “mustard seed” faith can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless and move mountains.