Moving A Mountain
You know you’re moving a mountain…
- When you visit the staff kitchen to find no coffee or snacks
- When your computer software has been updated
- When you try to pick chapel songs that everyone can sing
- When every problem is the fault of “Church Transitions.”
- When you try to curb people from using “Church Transition” as a joke.
- When you printed, emailed, mailed, texted, tattooed, rented the Goodyear blimp, took out a billboard display, added it to a McDonald’s tray mat, sent up smoke signals, sent passenger pigeons, appeared on the Today show, conned a pastor into placing it in their sermon, printed it on church toilet paper, and nailed it 95 times to peoples’ front door… and they respond, I didn’t know anything about that.
- When lifting Oriental Trading catalogs are your only source of exercise.
- When you think you will eventually have the perfect temperature in your work space. Yeah right.
Now many years ago…
In the morning, when Jesus returned to the city, he was hungry.And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once.When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither at once?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be lifted up and thrown into the sea”, it will be done.Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’ Matthew 21:18-22
I have always had a hard time with this mountain flinging thing. I don’t honestly even remember Jesus doing any mountain tossing. Sure water into wine, walking on water, raising the dead, rising from the dead – OK, but when’s the actually mountain flinging going to start? (he says tongue in cheek).
I heard an interesting quote from a program on public radio called “On Being:”
[testimonials design=”clean” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””] [testimonial name=”John Paul Lederach” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]Don’t ask the mountain to move, just take a pebble Each time you visit.”[/testimonial] [/testimonials]
What faith it must take to move a mountain slowly, carefully, thoughtfully, intentionally. Jesus is clear that even a little faith can move a mountain. Maybe all at once, maybe little by little – but it can move.
And so… you may be blessed to know this mountain moves…
- When you are approached unexpectedly by a visitor or member with their hurts and needs and try in maybe some small way to help.
- When you anguish in seeing your work as God’s work finding each day seems like more of the same instead of a rich blessing yet you continue to seek God’s direction.
- When out of selflessness, without personal gain, you work harder, maybe stay longer, strive more to help those co-workers around you.
- When the mountain of distrust, remorse, laziness, pride, confusion, and fear is changed pebble by pebble into love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Well. Maybe, just maybe the mountain is us. In faith and prayer we need to tell ourselves to move.
When we move our mountainous doubts aside, perhaps just one pebble at a time, by prayer, by faith, may we all look up to find all that’s left, all there was to begin with is Christ.
…and occasionally the temperature in your work space will be perfect. Amen
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