When I was a kid, I had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see a special geyser named Old Faithful. A geyser is “a spring that throws forth intermittent jets of heated water and steam.”1 I was curious why they called this particular geyser Old Faithful and what exactly that meant. I later learned that one afternoon in September of 1870, the members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition gave this particular geyser the name Old Faithful because they realized that it spouted at regular intervals – faithfully.
Even though I learned why this geyser was named Old Faithful, it wasn’t until just recently that I understood the true meaning behind the name. One morning the Lord shared this amazing revelation with me. He said, “When the economic world is turned upside down does Old Faithful spout boiling hot water? When there are terrorist attacks in the world does Old Faithful spout boiling hot water? When there are earthquakes shaking up the lives of those who live in Virginia and Washington D.C. does Old Faithful continue to spout boiling hot water?” Finally, I answered and said, “Yes, it does Lord.” That’s the moment I understood the true meaning behind Old Faithful.
Much like the faithfulness of that geyser to spout at regular intervals, when things are not so good in our lives we, as believers, should remain faithful in Jesus Christ by regularly seeking and trusting in Him. I know that is easy to say when things are peachy keen, but it is in the hard times that victories are won. We just need to put our faith in Jesus. In Luke 17:6 (NKJV) it says, “So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.’”
I asked the Lord, “What exactly is faith like a mustard seed?” Let me share with you what I learned. You know when life seems to be falling apart all around you? For example, when you lost your job or you just had a nuclear blowout argument with your spouse or even when you or a loved one was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I mean something that actually knocks the air out of you, making you realize that some things really are out of your control. Faith like a mustard seed is when you realize how fragile you are, when there seems to be no hope, but you fall on your knees and ask Jesus for help. It’s just like planting a tiny mustard seed in good soil.
I learned that in those moments when we feel our weakest if we turn to Jesus and ask for provision, peace, strength, and healing, we are actually planting a mustard seed of faith. We are putting our faith in Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He is the most fertile soil we could ever plant our faith in. We don’t need to be a pastor or an evangelist to have the faith required to receive from God to fulfill our needs and desires. Our faith doesn’t have to be that of giants, it just has to be, and to be requires action. The action of seeking God in time of need and asking for help is the mustard seed kind of faith the Bible talks about.
Every day, I come to know Jesus more personally and long to have a relationship with Him similar to that of Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-14). The more I come to know Him, the more I ask of Him; the more I ask of Him, the more He gives me. I challenge you to have faith like a mustard seed and take action by asking our Lord to perfect your concerns and grant you your desires and thank Him until you receive (Psalm 20:4; 138:8). Glory!