If there ever was a message my country is needing, it is this…
As the mother of four boys, I am well acquainted with the need for prayer and the power that it carries. Our third son sent me to bed for 2-1/2 months due to preterm labor. Around the world, people prayed, and God carried us both to full term. That at-risk infant? He is now a political-science major with a love and passion for his country. God heard our prayers, and He helped us. We gave thanks.
Another son crisscrossed the globe on an 11-month, 11-country mission trip. From Europe to South Africa to Asia, my prayers followed him the whole way. He returned, safe, sound, and much wiser. God, who can be in all the places a mother cannot, helped us. We gave thanks.
Our youngest son was an unexpected blessing, a period on the end of a long and lively sentence. Born at 35 weeks, he was whisked from my arms to a nearby NICU. Weeping over his isolette, we prayed. He strengthened and improved. God heard our prayers, and He helped us. We gave thanks.
Our oldest son has traveled a rocky path. For years we prayed, and we left him wholly in God’s hands. Now, he’s making his way back. God heard every prayer, and He helped us. We give thanks.
Many days, I feel weak and helpless in the face of the challenges that stand against us. Like David facing the giant, I tremble when I look at the one, small stone in my hand. And yet.
And yet this is what I know; that one, small stone guided by God is more powerful than any enemy we can face. It is not, after all, the size of the warrior or the weapons, but the size of the God in whom he or she trusts.
I may be just one, small, caffeinated, American mom, but I have placed my faith in a great, big God. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” Jesus said, “you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
It is always possible to trust God. No matter how the earth may shake beneath our feet, we can always turn to Him. That, and there will be good work for us to do. Always.
Whether it’s a cup of cold water to a thirsty soul, an encouraging word, or a listening ear, there is good for us to do. No matter what president is in office, we can trust God and share His love. Meanwhile, we will keep presenting our mustard seeds, for that mountain ahead just may move.
God will help us. We give thanks