Thursday, February 25, 2016

Little Faith

“Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt…you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done.’” –Matthew 21:21

Lexi was my birthday present. I’d been begging for a dog since we bought our house. My husband finally agreed I could have one for my birthday. So on the Saturday after my birthday, my family took me to the Humane Society to meet some canines. During the previous week, I’d been reviewing all the dogs for adoption pictured on the local Humane Society’s website, trying to guess just from the photos which dog was the right one for me. I prayed every day that week that my dog would be there. We met two dogs, but neither of them seemed suitable (too rambunctious, too shy). On a whim I said, “What about that black and brown one?” and the volunteer led her out to us. She was playful and engaging right away. The kids liked her. I said to my husband, “This is the one for us.” And we took her home. And almost immediately I began to think we should take her back. Her behavior was terrible. I wondered, how could this dog be the right one for us? She was making us—me especially—so unhappy. I was stressed out all the time. The story sounded like fate, but I lost faith. I didn’t have any faith that we could make things better. Ironically, as Jesus teaches us, it takes faith to get things done. Sometimes we have to act in faith even when our faith is flickering out. So we took dog training classes, we practiced the exercises at home every day, we put Lexi in timeout when she broke the rules…no miracles occurred. But things did slowly begin to get better, and—destiny or not—she ended up staying. If you have faith and no doubts, you can move mountains. If you have a little faith and lots of doubt, God can still get things done.

Dear God, Please be at work in my life even when my faith is small and my doubts are great. Amen

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