And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for 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
I grew up in a South Indian household, and I was immensely blessed with two parents who could cook delicious Kerala food. (Seriously, you need to try their food.) When I was just a small kiddo, I would stand quietly and watch my mom heat the oil on the pan before adding the itty bitty, spherically-shaped mustard seeds. As soon as she did, it would start popping! After the popping stopped, then she would add the onions, garlic, spices, and etc. Curious as a cat, I recall asking my mom why she had to add the mustard seed knowing it was just going to pop and scald her. Why not just add it last? Why is it first?
I think my mom just told me that this is the order. The mustard seed has to pop first.
Fast forward to the present. I am no longer living in the same state as my parents, and for the first time in my life I was deprived of my precious Kerala cuisine. Not even the local Indian restaurant could quell my desire to eat the food of my upbringing. (Ok, I know I’m dramatic, but I don’t play around when it comes to food.) In the past few months, I have been trying to perfect my parents’ chicken curry. It has been a work in progress, but there was one ingredient that I kept forgetting to buy! The mustard seed.
Last weekend, I went to the local Indian grocery store and bought the mustard seed. After a quick call to my mom, I began the process of cooking. I heated up the oil just like my mom did. Then I added the mustard seeds and braced myself for the telltale crackles and burning ricochets. Nothing happened. The tiny dark seeds just sat there in the oil. After a few minutes passed by, the oil heated the seeds and the popping commenced. I literally stood there by the stove shielding myself with the lid, but there were still some seeds that bounced out of the pan and hit me or flew across the stove and landed by the toaster.
For years, I have always wondered why Jesus said that if we have the faith of a tiny mustard seed, we can move mountains. Why is the mustard seed an adequate size for our budding faith?
In life, our faith may seem so insignificant. Tiny little orbs just floating around, not getting anywhere. However, the Holy Spirit allows us to go through the hot and burning trials of life. When we are going through temptations and difficulties, God is shaping our faith and allowing us to go through these hard seasons because we have a very delicious end to look forward to. You are literally placing the groundwork for eternity because of your impact on others. How you live out your faith has the potential for so much for the Kingdom.
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 13: 31-32
Keep enduring brothers and sisters! I have a Heavenly Father who is the Master Chef. Let Him transform you into His delicacy.