Matthew 21:21, NIV: “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.’”

We face numerous mountains in this lifetime. Though the types of mountains that we face may vary from person to person, we must each face them; and we each must find our way around, over, or through them. For the Christian, we are blessed to have the aid and direction of the Holy Spirit; and we have available to us the power of God to overcome. Nevertheless, the mountains often pop up unexpectedly. They sometimes seem to come at times when we are at our weakest. They often appear ominous and threatening, and therein challenge our faith and our fortitude. As we consider the mountains and remember Jesus’ words, we may feel worse than overwhelmed as we get a good look at the size of our faith. At times, our faith doesn’t seem to even come close to the size of a mustard seed. Such a place is not an easy place to be; but each of us is likely to be in such a place from time to time. The good news is that in such times we become empty of ourselves; aware of our weakness; and ready to find the strength of Christ in our weakness. It is at that place where we discover, “That mountain won’t move itself;” and we find in Jesus the wherewithal to get up from our defeated slump; to stand again, trusting Him for our everything. And we look sternly at the once ominous mountain and declare with a newfound, God-given determination, “Somebody hand me a shovel!”