“Jesus said to him, “If you can? Everything is possible for the one who believes.” Mark 9:23 CSB
Can you imagine saying to Jesus, “If you can?” I can’t, because I believe Jesus can do anything. That was my first thought, my next thought was, “I say that to Him all the time.” I literally doubt Jesus can do everything. I know I do, because if I didn’t I wouldn’t have fear, I wouldn’t have doubt. I wouldn’t wonder sometimes what is going on, because nothing seems to make sense. I would just trust, knowing Jesus has it. But I have trust issues, with Jesus.
If we did a poll, and were all honest, I think we all do.
We all have those situations in our lives where we’re not quite sure what is going on. Everytime you pray, it seems to get worse not better. The minute you give it to God, you immediately pick it back up, not leaving it with Him. Trust is such a fragile thing, it can be so easily broken. I recently watched Brene Brown’s, “7 Super Tips” on youtube. Tip number four was about trust:
“Trust is built in small moments.”
For instance, I talked the other day about my neighbor Reva accepting my offering of mud pies to her. That was a small moment of trust. I was probably 5 years old when that happened, yet I have never forgotten it. It is one of those moments that has always stuck out in my head. Not because she accepted the mud pie, but because she accepted it with love, unconditional love. It was a love that told a five year old, this lady can be trusted. It was a small moment of trust.
But it could of gone the other way, if she had ridiculed me it would of been a betrayal. Just as trust is built in small moments, so is betrayal according to Brene. And I have to agree, it is those small moments that make or break relationships. It is those small moments that make or break our relationship with God. When we offer our mud pie to God, the best we have after a long day on the battlefield of life, He accepts it. Unconditionally, with love and says, “Well done my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). We are the ones who betray the trust in those small moments when we don’t offer the mud pie. We aren’t truly believing He can do something with it. We aren’t trusting it will be received with His unconditional love and grace. But it will, everything is possible to those who believe. His words says it, we’re to believe it.