Moving mountains and mending hearts

When relationship difficulties turn our lives upside down, prayer helps us get our feet on solid ground again.

Mount st. Helens, an active volcano in the northwestern United States, erupted in 1980. In the cleanup some of the debris was dredged from the rivers downstream and piled into huge mounds along the freeway. As I drove past the piles of ash several months after the explosion, my compact car was completely dwarfed by these man-made mountains.

I remembered a statement by Christ Jesus that had been my grandfather's favorite: If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall say unto this mountain, and nothing shall be impossible unto you." It seemed impossible to me that one of the ash piles could be moved, let alone an entire mountain. The thought of the immensity of God's omnipotence made me feel even more insignificant, until I realized that in my true being as the image of God I reflect Him—and His power. The supposed power coming from a mountain of matter is nothing compared to God's infinite might. And, whereas the apparent power of a volcano is destructive, God's power is only good.

Defeating doubt
October 5, 1992

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