It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches. Luke 13: 19 (NLT)

I have a couple of devotionals that I like to read by Sarah Young. They are short but always seem to hit the mark about whatever is going on in my life. And I’m surprised. How often do go to God with a request or need, usually as a last resort, but really don’t expect an answer? We think we have to “help” God.

As I reflect on the process that my kids experienced during this time of transition and moving, trusting God was an act of faith because the outcome was so out of their control. Yet, He ultimately provided a home that is far better than anything we could have imagined.

Jesus trudged all over Israel with his disciples. He listened to them complain, watched how they handled problems, noticed their responses to different people. He spent months in their presence and sometimes they got it but sometimes, their didn’t. Remember the little boy with five loaves and two fish? They were ready to head off to town and try and buy food—an impossible task.

Jesus was so patient with his followers, as He is with us. As the Son of God, He could have spoken to them in lofty treatises but instead He told them stories…stories they could understand and pass on. He even explained some of the hard parts to them.

When life appears tough or grim, all we needed is a tiny bit of faith…one step at a time. Don’t worry about the end result; rather go to Him expecting great things. He won’t fail you.