I just finished the story of Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan holocaust. She survived by hiding in a small bathroom for 91 days with seven other females. She sustained herself emotionally and spiritually by praying on and off the entire time! At one point in her story, killers are right outside the bathroom door calling out her name as they search for her. At this point she heard the Lord’s voice.
“Mountains are moved with faith, Immaculee, but if faith were easy, all of the mountains would be gone. Trust in me, and know that I will never leave you. Trust in me, and have no more fear. Trust in me, and I will save you.” (P. 131)
Jesus referred to his disciples as “little faiths” in Matthew 6:30, a nickname he gave them when their faith was not enough to stop them from worrying. Dallas Willard describes anxiety as:
“a hangover of bad habits established when we were trusting things-like human approval and wealth-that were certain to let us down. Now our strategy should be one of resolute rejection of worry, while we concentrate on the future in hope and with prayer…” (Divine Conspiracy, 212).
Of course we know that these “little faiths” grew into men and women of faith that took his mission to their world with astounding acts of courage! They were able to do this because they allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their lives and grow their faith, from a mustard seed into a mature plant. My prayer for us this new year is that we will allow God to lead us to spiritual maturity so that our friends and neighbors can see the gospel displayed in our day to day lives.