The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Luke 17:6-7
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? The apostles come to Jesus with what I think is a huge request. They hear Jesus teach and preach, they see him do amazing signs and wonders and they might be feeling inadequate. Or at least that is how I sometimes feel. Jesus commands the wind, commands demons, heals the sick, brings people back to life and teaches with amazing authority. Maybe if I had “more” faith I could do a few of those things.
Then I thought about the mustard plant and plants in general. A seed gets buried and as it sprouts, must work through the soil to grow. Plants seek out the sun and will turn in that direction if necessary. They endure hardships, lack of rain, too much rain, other plants growing around them, and more. Yet plants keep growing. They keep going.
Perhaps that is the key to growing our faith. We all struggle with things, not because of lack of faith, but life is filled with struggles. Part of those struggles builds us up just as adding weights builds our muscles. When we face adversities, we need to keep believing that we are not alone, that God is with us, and that God will guide us through.
Faith is not a magic answer to our issues, faith is the belief in a God who answers us.