“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” – Matthew 17:20
“Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” – Anonymous
I remember a point in my life when things were just not going right for me. This was during my final year in high school. Being a school leader at the time and also preparing to sit for public exams was quite a tall order. There was so much responsibility associated with what I was doing yet I wanted to make an impact in the lives of the people I had the privilege to serve. I had never really encountered such responsibility before, I was fairly new to leadership so I didn’t really know what to expect.
Events would overtake me because what I expected to accomplish never fully materialized. I was in over my head. It almost seemed like the dream was turning into a nightmare. Not only was it through lack of skill but having people working against me at the same time in the pursuit of working to make an impact. Perhaps you can relate to what I’m talking about. The long and short of it is that I felt like a complete failure during that time and was thinking to myself that it’s one experience I never want to encounter again.
That year came to a close, and the opportunity to live my dream was gone. Sometimes we go through such experiences and it seems like it’s the end of the world. Seeing a dream die is one of the most painful experiences for us as human beings. Some people say it’s like the pain a mother feels when they lose a child because it is a part of their lives. That is what our dreams are – a part of who we are. So when a dream does not come to pass a part of us dies. I was left thinking to myself what might have been if I was better prepared to handle the responsibility that was entrusted to me. I just had hope that my life could still turn around, I just didn’t know how.
Glimmer of hope
I went on to further my education at university level, met new people and got used to a new environment that was a bit different from what I was accustomed to. Life had more meaning as I had the opportunity to get involved with initiatives that sought to make a difference in other people’s lives. That also helped me to grow as an individual and handle responsibilities that came my way. I started to have influence with many people as a result. Ironically, my final year in college was the best year of my life in terms of the number of people on whom I made a positive impact! It seemed like the total opposite of my final year in high school. I felt more alive than I ever had and was almost in tears because of the grace God had bestowed on me.
What is the point of my story? Sometimes things don’t happen when we expect them to, and it’s really hard to accept. However, God always knows better. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He is faithful and true to His children as long as you remain diligent. What have you pursued in the past that never really worked out? Perhaps it wasn’t the right time, or like me you weren’t adequately equipped to do so.
With a little faith and persistence God opens doors for you that no man can shut. I like the scripture in the Bible that says that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains. Recently I decided to take that in the literal sense and bought mustard seeds. Since they are so small I got a jar in which to put one seed that I carry with me wherever I go. Doing so reminds me that it’s all the faith I need to realize my dreams and overcome the obstacles that come my way. As long as you still have breath in you keep pursuing the dream. You never know how far you can go in life when it finally happens.
Be all you can be!
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