a faith that can move mountains? (or just plain, ordinary faith?)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:22-25

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Repeatedly in Matthew’s gospel Jesus gently I’m sure, chides especially his disciples for having little faith. And there are some people who just seem to have a special gift of trusting God (see The Message in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 link above). But I’m not talking about that specifically here. It does make me wonder, though, if God doesn’t graciously give some people that special gift of faith to help the rest of us who struggle in our faith. I think my wife may well have that special gift, and I’ve struggled all my Christian life, sad to say, in trusting God, or having faith in God over specific matters. While I think I’ve improved, sometimes, when I consider the storms of life, I would just like to have the faith our Lord seemed to want in his disciples, maybe even to speak to the storm so that it might be stilled, or speak confidently to the one who can do that.

I think we need to hold on to faith in regard to any specific matters, even be bold in that. And in spite of our weaknesses or the struggles of those around us. We hold on in faith, not insisting that God give us what we want, but God’s answer in line with God’s will. We bring the matter to God, and hold on in faith, giving it time. It will come together for us. God’s answer will come, maybe in a surprising way. God will help us in this as we look to him. In and through Jesus.