Have you ever heard someone say something and you realized in that moment that the idea was so simple, so obvious, you wonder why it never occurred to you? I recently watched a sermon from Kelly K on YouTube; he was speaking of faith.
(This video is set up to start 4 minutes and some-odd seconds in, but the first part of the video is worth watching too… However, for the purpose of this post, I wanted to concentrate on the last part…)
I hope you watch this video, but if you’re not in a position to do so, Kelly K is referencing two stories in the Bible:
- The first story is of Jesus calming the storm… Matthew 8:23-27
- The second story is of Jesus walking on the water and Peter jumping out to greet him… Matthew 14:22-23
In both cases, Jesus says to the disciples, “Oh you of little faith.”
Kelly K is focused on the word “little” and has even looked up the definition. However, he’s re-focused on the 2nd definition in the dictionary:
2. short in duration; not extensive; short; brief:
He even pulls out his tape measure to prove his point.
How have I never understood this???
The front of my prayer journal is full of “faith” quotes and Bible verses about faith. I pray regularly that my faith will grow, because the Bible even says that the very faith with which we believe is from God:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it isthe gift of God, ~Ephesians 2:8
Kelly K’s sermon is a major Ah-Ha moment for me.
This morning, I shifted my prayers a bit. I don’t want my faith to simply grow in depth… I want my faith to grow by length… so that it carries me from day to day. When life throws something unexpected my way, I won’t be distracted because my faith won’t be short-lived. My faith is long and deep.
I’m reminded of the song I sang at church as a child…
Deep and wide
Deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide
I’ve known this song all my life, and it never occurred to me until this week — the fountain is faith. The truth has been literally staring me in the face for almost 42 years.
Yet again, more proof, that we can learn something new every day. I am so happy to learning and growing in God every single day!