Mustard Seed Faith
Jesus said if you have the faith of even a mustard seed, you’ll be able to move mountains. A mustard seed is approximately 1 millimeter in size. That’s miniscule. That begs the question, what is faith? According to Webster, it’s a strong BELIEF or trust in someone or something. I find the definition in the Bible to be more exact: Hebrews 11:1 says Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. So it’s BELIEVING something is going to happen, being certain of that something, before it actually happens. Sounds simple enough. Try putting it into practice, and you’ll find it’s more than a notion.
Recently I’ve been grappling with my own belief or lack thereof, if you will. How much faith do I have? As you may or may not know, I recently finished my latest novel and am currently shopping it around to agents. In my humble opinion, this phase of the road to publication is beyond grueling and nerve-wracking, because once you make that submission; you have no CONTROL over the recipient. You have no idea how your precious story will be received. They could love it, hate it, or be simply indifferent. You immediately find yourself in agent submission hell—waiting, wondering, and pulling your hair out by the roots, IF you lose perspective.
There are very few writers who will disagree with the aforementioned. As a writer, I put my heart and soul into my work. It’s a creation from within and I’m protective of my baby. I want the world to love it. Then after so many rejections you began to second guess yourself, your writing ability, and your storytelling ability. Is it good enough? Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Early in this process, I decided to do something different. I chose to BELIEVE. Not lip service belief, but real belief. And when I did that, I had an epiphany. Jesus said that just by believing I would be able to move MOUNTAINS. If I BELIEVE, my desires will be realized. Things will flow in such a manner that they will line up for my success. It’s the SPIRITUAL LAW OF BELIEF that will make it all happen. Now how it happens, is none of my business. My job is to BELIEVE. I’m sure those of you who have read The Secret may relate to this idea.
What is your MOUNTAIN? Is it finances, health, love, children. Whatever you want to see happen with the situation you’re dealing with, believe that you’ll get that outcome—truly believe. Granted, there will be footwork involved and you’ll have to give your best. I can’t expect to get an agent and a book deal for a book that isn’t written, just like you can’t expect to get that dream job if you don’t submit an application. But once you’ve done your part, you have to believe that God will do the rest and then let go!