Faith of a mustard seed? That doesn’t seem like enough. But that’s how it can start out. Our Faith might start small and grow to be Great. In the parable in Matthew 13, the mustard seed grows, blooms, increases, thrives into a large plant or rooted tree. It is comforting that we don’t always have to have the Great Faith of Abraham or Peter. We can have little Faith sometimes, and that’s ok, as long as we pray for it to grow and take roots in Him.
From the beginning of this journey we have prayed:
Dear Lord, we have Faith in You. We believe in Your will for our family. Please prepare our hearts, schedules, and house to receive what You have planned for us. Thank You Father.
A couple weeks ago my husband arrived home from work, burst through the door (as always), and first thing said, “what time do we need to leave for the meeting?” (an optional foster support group meeting) I thought he would be relieved when I answered, “I can’t go. I have to help with homework, I have to make chicken for tomorrow, blah blah.” Something happened then that I will never forget. My husband replied, “Well, I was looking forward to it, so is it ok if I go by myself?”
Excuse me? I had the ol’ “who are you, and where have you taken my husband?” flash in my mind. “Heck Yeah” I said.
Wow. We have come a long way in a short 5 months. Didn’t he just say, “this is too crazy. I don’t want to add confusion. It doesn’t feel right to me.” I had heard from the Lord that my husband would be supportive and enjoy the process. I believed that. But I had no idea he would dive in and even take a lead role. God is indeed revealing His true plan for us.
Here is a peek at my husband’s recent transformation into a foster parent: (I’m not playin’)
“How about we have a Christmas party for the foster families?”
“Hey, date night: Let’s go to our foster support group meeting.”
“I exchanged contact info. with that guy. He’s really cool.” (after meeting a foster dad)
“I’m going to call our licenser to see if we’re almost done. It’s taking too long.”
and my favorite: “It’s gonna be so awesome to have a new child here with us. It’s going to be so fun.”
What happens when God stirs our soul and changes our heart and gives us His vision? You want to drop to your knees and weep, right? A God this powerful and good and Faithful is overwhelming and it’s even difficult to find the ways to thank Him and Praise Him because it doesn’t ever seem like enough.
“He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’ ”
Matthew 13:31-33, NIV