6/18/21 - Little Faith
Matthew 17:20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Sunday was a difficult day for Louie. Nothing seemed to be going the way he wanted it to go and he had a little bit of a melt-down. There was cotton blowing from the cottonwood trees, people walking on the path across the creek, bicycles going down the road, and then there was a truck. The truck was his undoing that morning and everything went downhill from there.
Louie had a hard time standing next to the block for me to get on him; this was due to the cotton blowing on the ground. That and I wouldn’t let him eat the weeds that had been sprayed with weed-killer. So, he snorted, blew, and got a piece of that darned cotton up his nose. Most of the time Louie is very good and will wait patiently while I step up on the block and into the saddle. Today we just were not in sync and it wasn’t our day.
Louie didn’t have faith that I would keep him safe from the tiny little pieces of cotton blowing around (like they have been Every. Single. Day!) and I somehow failed to reassure him. We did make it safely through our ride, he did finally remember that I was there to keep him safe. But isn’t that the way we always do things? We know that God is there to protect and guide us. That all we need to do is have faith, just a tiny bit that God has us and we can accomplish anything that we set our minds to. We just have to keep that little bit of faith, both in ourselves and in God; that with God all things are possible.
Lord, help me be prepared, but not anxious. Be aware, but not desperate. Be vigilant, but not in fear. Be joyful, but not clueless. Be faithful, but not careless. Lord, be my hope and strength. Amen.