One day back when Mom was Mommy, a golden chain winked at me from the corner of her jewelry box. As I lifted it into the air, a glass locket, set free from the velvet cushion came to rest in my small hand. A tiny yellow seed rested inside, so out of place nestled amid my mother’s sparkling treasures.
“What is this?” I asked.
Mom took me onto her knee, sharing the locket between our hands. “It’s a mustard seed.”
I wrinkled my nose. “Like in the big yellow bottle?”
Mother laughed. “Grandma gave me this necklace to remind me of Jesus. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds,” she said. “But it becomes one of the largest plants in a garden.”
My eyes widened.
“Jesus said that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed,” Mom continued, “we can tell the mountain to move and it will.”
That seemed like a lot of power in a little faith.
The necklace has been lost. But my mother brought Jesus’ parable to life that day. Even when my faith feels small, it is enough.
…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please take my seed of faith and grow it into a great big plant with branches, leaves, fruit and deep, deep roots. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? How can you nourish your seed of faith today?
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This month the Christian Writers are sharing thoughts about the theme “nurture” in honor of Mother’s Day. Please click on their links to the right on the appropriate days and read what they have to say.
I wrote this post to honor my mother and the way her faith has nurtured my own.