Monday, October 28, 2013

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Hi friends! Sorry it's been so long-a really long time-but life gets busy. I've been soaking up moments with my hubby, as I've learned from being married to someone in the military. Thus, writing posts haven't been my priority. However, I have quite a bit of fun-tastical stuff to catch you all up on, that  I promise I will do in a blog in the next two days. But I have some thoughts I'd love to share with you. 

Lately I've been having desires to serve and reach out to those in my community and those in which are in my area of reaching or any whom I come in contact with. Hearing the song on Spirit 105.3 by Building 429, often, entitled, I'm Not Home Yet, saying "All I know is I'm not home yet, this is not where I belong," has been sticking in my mind. So much so, as if God is trying to really communicate something to me. Something that sounds similar to "Get your butt off the couch and stop getting into television shows that don't matter, and START DOING THINGS THAT MATTER. Like reaching out to homeless you see on the street. Or to that coworker who seems as if they need lifted up. Or simply just to continue to be a light, so that people see that in me, and not see me {if that makes any sense at all}. 

However, one particular message has been hitting home to me lately. What am I doing to reach out to my neighbors? I mean, they're the ones who see me for how I really am. Like when our fur balls run away and I'm barefoot chasing them-they are seeing how I'm reacting. Or when I just want to get home and maybe I'm not driving 10 miles an hour-they see that. They are the ones that are watching how I am living my life, despite not physically living it with me. God has placed me, my husband and I as a couple included, in the community we live in for a purpose and a reason. 

With that said, something strange happened today. Not something that was scary, or odd, but something that was just a bit out of the ordinary. Our neighbor that lives across the way from us, has been one that hasn't really talked to us much. We'll both pleasantly wave to each other in passing, but we've never had a conversation or anything. Partly due to the fact that we couldn't really tell who owned the house, so many different people exit it on a daily basis. But that is besides the point. Anyways, one of the main guys we see at the house is a guy who's in a wheelchair. I see him going to get the mail and bring the trash cans down but never have talked to him. 

Today while I was breaking down wood in the front yard, he started to stroll up the drive way. I said hi and we both casually commented that there's a lot of wood for firewood in our front yard. I thought that was it, but when he pared his scooter I realized he wanted to talk. He then asked me if I go to church anywhere and I replied, "yes, I go to Gracepoint Church in Bremerton. You may know us as Silverdale Baptist, but we just changed our name." He said he knew the church and was happy that I go to church. I asked him if he goes to church and he said he goes to the one that is about .5 miles away from our house, right next to this market. I said, oh I know that one, how's it? and we simply talked about our churches. {At this point I wasn't sure if he was inviting us to church or not} I asked him if they are doing anything for the holidays, special services, and he said nothing too special. He then looked like he was going to leave, as the conversation was kind of wrapped up. But he rolled and faced me again and said, "I was going to tell you about the Lord, but it seems as if you already have Him, so there's no need for that. Have a great evening!" I laughed and bid him good night as well. When I turned back around to continue working, I kind of just laughed. But then it got me thinking. This neighbor whom had never came in contact with me before, had faith in God enough to want to reach out to me, his neighbor. Wow. Reminds me of  Mathew 17:20, 

"He {Jesus} 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.” {NIV}

 I also like the message version. I love the different wording and thus different perspective it gives. 

“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” {The Message}

If you're a visual learner like I am, here is a picture of a mustard seed.

Do you see how small it is? God says, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, then leave the rest to me and I can work through you. Period. It wasn't coincidence that He placed us across the street from this guy who is also a Christian. There are people that need to be reached and who am I kidding if I think to myself "Someone else will reach them. It's not my responsibility. My house still needs a lot of work! I don't have time!" I didn't feel as if I needed this reminder-but God apparently had a different idea, and rather, a little funny way of showing me. So thus, I going to be working on being a living example of my faith in Jesus Christ. Not that it hasn't already been shown, but being aware of people that need to be reached around me. There are people all around us, we just need to open our eyes and our hearts. 

I think a great starting point can be found through the lyrics of a Steven Curtis Chapman song, "Love Take Me Over." Yes he's still making music folks-he's been around since I was little. We sang his songs in choir when I was in junior high! Every time I hear a song that's catchy and I don't know who it is, it literally has been him and my mind is blown. I think he's getting better with age! It's true! Anyways, listen to this song. It's catchy but tells me that I need to be letting love take me over so He can use me in moments where people need to hear/feel Him. I specifically love the second verse and the chorus: 

This is what I'm sure of, I can only show love
When I really know how loved I am 
When it overtakes me, then it animates me 
Flowing from my heart into my hands 

So I'm praying, Father, help my heart believe 
That right now You're singing over me 
And fill me up with Your love 

Love, take these words that I'm speaking 
Love, take these thoughts that I'm thinking 
Love, take me over
Love, fill up all of my space and 
Love, come stand right here in my place
Love, hear this prayer that I'm praying 
Love, take me, love, take me over
Love, take me over
*lyrics courtesy of*

I'll leave you with the music video. I encourage you to watch it and to listen the words that he is saying. I think you will find them to be encouraging AND that you will be singing this song for the rest of the night! {your welcome!}

Happy Monday Y'all!!


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