I was reminded this morning that a little bit of mustard goes a long way. Just a Lil dab ‘il do ya! Now, I love mustard, A LOT, and I can use quite a bit on a hot dog or a burger and never miss a beat — it’s soooo good! But have you ever just put mustard on your food of choice and it ends up getting everywhere unnoticed?!?
Our staff prepared lunch for our church members one day this week – burgers and hot dogs – and as I was eating mine, it seemed like the mustard just multiplied like the bread and the fish!! I mean….it was oozing out the side of my sandwich, was all over my fingers – on both hands, mind you – was on the palms of my hands, it covered my napkin – front and back – and STILL had the promise of landing in places I wouldn’t find until later that day! I love mustard, but puh-lease!! Somehow it always seems to find a way to multiply!
Yes…mustard does seem to multiply, but I’m not actually talking about the kind you spread on your food.
As much as this is the case for yellow mustard, so is the case for the simple mustard seed. I wasn’t just blowing smoke when I said I was reminded this morning that a little mustard goes a long way.
My Bible reading this morning took me back to the lunch this week and reinforced the promise that a little mustard (seed) goes a long way.
This is just one of the Bibles I use during my quiet time, and it has been my favorite for years. You may not can tell, but the Bible cover is basically what is holding it together. It is the New Century Version with devotions by Max Lucado.
As I picked it up to read out of Matthew this morning, I found Matthew 17:20 underlined with a name and a date written beside it.
This took me back to February 2007 when we were praying for a dear lady who was every bit on the brink of death, but the faith of those who steadily prayed for her on this tough journey was enough for God to let us know that He still had plans for her on this earth! Praise God, she is alive and well today and a daily walking testimony of His healing!
Jesus began this verse in Matthew by saying “Your faith is too small,” but in verse 17 above it, he says “You people have no faith…how long must I be patient with you?”
Did you get that? —>> “...NO faith…”
He then continues in verse 20 by saying that “if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.”
I’m no theologian, but my take on this scripture that claims ‘your faith is too small’ means ‘you have no faith at all’! If all it takes is the faith of a mustard seed, as small as it is, then having too little faith means we don’t have any faith at all.
Why don’t we trust God more?
I’m guilty as charged.
There are many things in which I’ve been trusting God for a while now, and there will continue to be those things that only He can make come to fruition. After all, it is Him who is in ultimate control, but I confess that my faith waivers at times. When things don’t happen soon enough, I tend to let my flesh take over and fail to be “… joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” as we are commanded to do in Romans 12:12. Allowing your flesh to take over is dangerous, for then you are not working in God’s power but your own…and you have no power. This can only end up one way: disastrous.
About a year ago, I purchased a couple of items from Marianne at ‘Gracefully Wrapped‘, a site that I happened upon around that time on Instagram. I made the purchase, a mustard seed necklace, for a friend who found out that there were multiple complications with her unborn child. I bought it for her as a reminder that we would be praying for her child and her family during this difficult season of life. I am a visual person, so I bought that to serve as a visual reminder to give her a bit of hope every time she looked at it. I am happy to say that a year later, this little miracle is at home and doing well. She still has to be under 24/7 medical care, but the fact that she is home with her family is nothing short of a miracle! And, might I add, she is the most precious, adorable little miracle … with a face that brightens any room and a smile like a cup of sunshine! We are praising God for what He has done in her life and the testimony she is speaking on a daily basis without even saying a word!
While I was making the purchase for my friend, I decided that I could always use a visual reminder for myself as well. My item of choice was this mustard seed bracelet.
I wanted something that I could see every moment of the day…not just when I put it around my neck. I know the item itself has no powers at all, of course, but mine has served as a daily reminder of that little piece of faith that is required to please God, for ‘without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). I use this bracelet DAILY as this specific reminder and have found it very useful in grounding me for the moment and bringing me back to God’s promise that all things are possible with Him.
I never take this bracelet off. I even shower with it on, but I don’t suggest that for everyone! (haha) I do put coconut oil on it afterward to help keep it conditioned, but I keep anticipating the day it will fall off my arm! Hopefully, Marianne will have plenty in stock for me to replace it! I love Marianne’s products so much, I’d like to put in a little plug for her Gracefully Wrapped Etsy shop. It isn’t just her products I love so much, I love what she stands for and her sweet, gentle spirit, and you can see that in every piece she makes.
So, with the help of Marianne and her mustard seed bracelet, I am reminded every day that I must have faith in God for those things which I petition in prayer daily.
Whether it be yellow mustard or a mustard seed … it doesn’t take much.
A little mustard goes a long way.
Do you find your faith waivers when it seems like an answer isn’t in the near future?
For what are you trusting God in your life today?
Blessings to you today,