Today marked nine days into our January Quest! How are you doing? Are you still hanging in there with me? I've been blessed to hear from a few readers who are still going strong! If you have joined in on our adventure, I hope you are doing well!
I did exercise today and I wrote today what I had originally thought about writing yesterday.
This morning our Engineer had an early therapy appointment for his now pin free finger. You may remember me mentioning in December that he had surgery on his broken finger in November. He ended up with a pin sticking out of it to help it heal.
Thankfully, he was able to get the pin removed a week ago and he is now on his way to getting his range of motion back. Once he does, I will get to listen to beautiful music again when he is finally able to play his violin and drums. We have missed the live music around here.
His appointment was early enough I decided to put exercising off until later in the day. I get nervous about doing that because as the day dwindles down, so does my resolve to exercise. We were busy until after supper time tonight, so before I allowed myself to sit in the Hug Chair, I headed downstairs to walk on the treadmill and lift some hand weights.
Thankfully Hubby was willing to talk with me the entire two mile walk which helped tremendously at that time of day. I'm very thankful for his support. It makes a huge difference in my success. Especially in exercising!
We had a great chat. We didn't solve the worlds problems, but we did encourage each other about some current frustrations and difficulties. At one point one of us declared the other "wise beyond your years". Later in the conversation one was told by the other "what a value you are". Somehow even though we couldn't fix the issues at hand, we finished our walk chat in good spirits.
And that inspired what I wrote today.
Have you ever had a difficulty that felt as large as a mountain? Did you ever feel like I'll never be able to climb over that? Did you feel so discouraged you just wanted to lay at the foot of the mountain and cry? Or maybe you wanted to scream, "THIS IS WAY TO MUCH FOR ME! I CAN'T DO IT!"
Maybe you really wanted something, but you thought there was just NO WAY it would ever happen for you.
There have been times in my life when I felt just like that. I can tell you moments like these have brought me to my knees. And of course, that's exactly where I should be - in prayer.
Jesus had something to say about such occasions. The same story is written about in both Matthew 21 and Mark 11. In both of these chapters you will find a story about Jesus cursing a fig tree, but it's not the cursing of the fig tree that captures my attention. It's what he says after the tree withers and dies. And that part is about mountains. Here's what he said:
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” ~ Matthew 21:21-22
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” ~ Mark 11:22-25
Don't you just love it? I do! I love the idea that I could have that much faith! I love knowing nothing is too big or too impossible for God! I love the word picture this draws in my mind.
I have went back to this verse time and time again in my life. I have said it to my children. I have exclaimed it aloud with my fist in the air a couple of times. I have whispered it in despair with my head bowed in prayers a few times. Sometimes in the same day about the same issue, I might add.
These verses give me such courage. When I say them I feel brave. I feel hopeful.
I pray for such a faith...a faith that moves mountains. I want to live each day with that kind of faith.
There have been a few times in my life when I have truly prayed to move a mountain. In each of these prayerful times, I believed. I knew God could help me move that mountain. But I also knew that maybe what I was asking of God wasn't the best for our family. So I also remembered another verse during my prayers. That verse is found in 1 John:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ~ 1 John 5:14
So while I believed through God's strength, I could throw the mountain into the sea, I didn't want to do it if that wasn't God's will. I continued to pray with the faith that I could pick up that mountain and throw it, but I also only asked for that strength if it was truly God's will.
Each time I have faced a "mountain needs throwing" experience, I have been able to throw the mountain into the sea. Sometimes it has taken longer than I wanted, which turned out to be God's Perfect Timing, but when the issue was resolved...I knew what had happened. The mountain was no longer there. It was long gone - in the bottom of the sea. And not only was in no longer in my way, but I couldn't even see it.
And the best part? I got to look at my boys and say, "With God's help, we just threw that mountain into the sea!"