Faith that ‘moves mountains’

One morning as I was driving near my home, I noticed an unusual cloud. It was very dark, almost black, and rose up in front of me through a blanket of white mist, in the shape of a small mountain. It looked so solid that if I hadn’t been familiar with the road, I might have been tempted to believe that there really was an insurmountable mountain blocking the way ahead.

I had to smile. Just imagine if I had been taken in by the apparent reality of this image! It would have become a barrier to my progress, and I would have had to find a way to navigate around it. I would have backtracked or gone out of my way before rejoining the right road. I would have made such hard work for myself and might have lost my way completely—all for the sake of an insubstantial cloud.

Pondering this, I thought of the seemingly mountainous obstacles that creep into our human experience, tempting us to believe any number of false concepts that might make us fearful and thus deflect us from spiritual progress. I also recalled Jesus’ words to his followers: “Verily I say unto you, 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). 

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July 24, 2017

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