Monday, December 13, 2010

a mustard seed



 "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -Matthew 17:20

From behind my desk, I watched the clock strike 6:30 p.m. My boss and I were some of the only employees left in the building. We had been working painstakingly since 8 a.m. on a big proposal that, if won, could mean great things for our company. For more than 10 hours, we had hole punched, typed, edited and formatted until the project was complete. The only problem? We were in North Carolina and it had to arrive in Georgia by the next afternoon. We had to deliver it via FedEx. In our area, the last delivery time is typically no later than 6:30 p.m.

We browsed the Internet until we found a self-serve drop box nearby that was open until 7:00. We had less than half an hour. My boss hurriedly scribbled the address on a sticky note. In my haste to get out the door, it fell to the floor and was locked behind me. "Lewis!" I yelled across the parking lot. "What was the address again?" He hesitated for a moment, then yelled back "7027 Albert Pick Road!" With a broken GPS and a terrible sense of direction, I headed toward where I thought the road was. As I drove, I began to pray, Lord I'm not sure where I'm going. This is all riding on me now. Please help me find this place.

To my great surprise, I found the road on my first try. However, my satisfaction quickly dwindled when I looked around me. The road was home to a huge business park. Dozens of office buildings lined its side streets, each with its address hidden behind towering shade trees. The place was empty, as most of its businesses shut down at 5:00. Dodging roundabouts and merging lanes, I entered from the east side. Almost immediately, I found Building 7027. I had less than 10 minutes to go but was feeling pretty confident. Then, I circled the building five times. No drop box in sight.

I swerved in the vacant parking lot and desperately ran up to the door. Locked and dark inside. With less than five minutes to go, I hopped in my car and started the long, sad process of giving up. I searched on my phone for other local FedEx offices, telling myself that this was hopeless. I prayed again. Lord. We have worked so hard on this. Please help me find the drop box! All of a sudden, I looked up. A light went on in a building across the park. A completely random, unmarked building. It was the only lighted building as far as I could see. I thought to myself, if there are lights on, maybe there will be someone in there who can point in the right direction. Immediately, I drove over, ran up to the front door, package in tow, and found that it opened into a vast lobby with nothing but elevators on both sides.

One woman was exiting the lobby from the other side. "Excuse me!" I yelled, but she walked out the door without stopping. Confused and lost, I started to walk back to my car when something caught my eye. There was a little room off to the right, no larger than an office cubicle. As I entered it, my heart leapt. There, nestled in the tiniest of spaces, was the drop box, with a bold, beautiful sign that said "Today's Delivery has NOT Occurred Yet." Tears of relief and thanksgiving welled up in my eyes.


The proposal was successfully delivered that afternoon. I quickly put it in the box and slammed the lid, but not before placing my shaking hand on the cool metal and saying a prayer of gratitude to the Great Deliverer Himself.
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faith comes in all forms and is a pivotal part of many religions. for me, it is belief in things unseen and a hope for my future. it doesn't always come in such a grand way as i experienced that day. sometimes it's a shout, yes. but most of the time, it's simply a whisper. a soft echoing into my soul that speaks peace to my being. it comes in the kitchen, when i'm preparing supper after a long day. in the bedroom, when i'm on my knees in prayer late at night. in the conference room, as my shaking hands grasp presentation papers. and through it, i feel Christ assure me. lead me.


this was a story about faith. an aha moment in my spiritual walk. a tangible, loud confirmation of the power of prayer. but more often than not, faith is a quiet space. it is finding the power to believe in those moments between the ahas,  in the deep, dark crevices of life and the lowest of devastating wells, that faith truly finds its foothold, and its power to move mountains. and i'm so thankful it does. because sometimes, that's all i can muster. the faith of a mustard seed. but sometimes, that's all it takes.

22 comments:

Signe said...

phew! so glad you made it!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

"faith is the quiet space" - yes I like that very much. I also believe it's in the calm during the confusion, the disappointment - knowing and accepting that whatever is happening, even when it isn't the way you would like it to go, it is best for you. Nice post.

Peaches said...

I'm glad you found the drop box! That's so stressful; I probably would have flipped out given my awful, terrible sense of direction. But your faith is inspiring. Good luck with the proposal!

Candice said...

wow what a story! I'm so happy that you were able to find it just in time! I think it's so neat when God works in our daily life situations to remind us that his timing is never too early or too late; he wants to see our faith! So cool! Have a wonderful week! :)

mskanorado said...

LOVE when this kind of thing happens! :) I'm so happy things worked out in your favor, having faith is SO important! :)

Ana* said...

How stressful!! I am happy everything worked out and you found the drop box.

Ps. I was reading some of your posts to my grandma, she loves your blog. Oh, and, so do I and anybody else who gets to read your awesome posts.

Have a good week pretty lady <3

Perfect Peace said...

What an awesome story! God's power is so great!

Thisisme said...

Another week and another beautiful blog! I loved tghe parable of the mustard seed and I am SO pleased that you could that delivery box. Phew! He was looking after you again.

bethani said...

its a always a great sense of relief when something gets delivered in a timely manner.

lindsay said...

this is wonderful miss. so happy that you were able to find what you were looking for in just the right amount of time!

sometimes it just takes a little push in the right direction and everything else falls into place ♥

Jessica said...

Great story, glad you got it there on time! It's good to have faith, in every aspect of life. Professional, personal and family life. :)

Ashley said...

The power of prayer never fails.

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. Proverbs 28:26

I'm so happy that you found what you were looking for! Have a blessed week! :)

Shalyn said...

I was literally on the edge of my seat reading that! So glad you made it...it would have made me super sad if you didnt;-)Prayer is really something, isnt it!?

Amber Blue Bird said...

what a great story, glad you made it

Emily said...

Loved the picture! What a great testimony of Christ being the great deliverer for us at Christmas time!

elsie said...

well i'm so glad you stumbled across my blog because i'm delighted to find yours!! such charm here, really! inspiring photos and beautiful writing! I enjoyed browsing through it! ♥

nadiine said...

wow! God was truely on your side today :) glad you made the delivery!x

Cindy said...

Just stumbled onto your lovely blog. Am a new follower :)

Style, She Wrote said...

Beautiful! xo

Paula said...

A beautiful story and sounds like you've been working too hard and deserving of a very relaxed Christmas break x

Amy said...

What a fantastic story! I feel your sigh of relief as I was reading. Sometimes, I go through this same thing. I have no sense of direction whatsoever and as I'm hurrily driving along, I'm just going back and fourth with "please let me make it, please let me make it!" and I know that where there's a will, there's a way and if something doesn't work out, well then it wasn't meant to be! Faith is such a great thing to always have. It does more good than most think. Thanks for sharing darling :)

{av} said...

ahhh...so glad you made your deadline. prayer works in amazing ways, right when we need it most! I needed this reminder today...so thank you :) I have to remember the mustard seed! xoxo {av}

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