I saw this sign the other day and was moved to purchase a couple of them: one for my daughter’s room, one for my classroom, one for my mother, another for my sister, and the rest of the wonderful women in my life. I love the sentiment behind it: this is one strong woman. Yet, I tend to over analyze meanings behind things and this one sign brought forth a multitude of doubt. Am I really all that to rely on my own strength to move mountains?
The resounding answer is, “nope.” It’s not that I’m down-playing my own strength, but rather I would rather rely on the Lord’s strength than my own. I fail. I underestimate. I over-estimate. I fall. I struggle. So why would I want to rely on my own power? Why would I want to post some mantra for my daughter to believe in when I desire her to rely on the Lord and not on her own strength? So I turn to God’s Word and the truth behind the sign comes forth.
Mark 11:23-24 ESV – Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 17:20 ESV – He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Mark 9:23 ESV – And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
John 14:12 ESV – “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
So here’s the bottom line: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Yes, my daughter can look at a obsticle in her life and move it. But it all hinges on one thing: faith in Christ. “Whoever believes in me…” Too many times we rely on our own strength, trusting ourselves and no one else. But where is our child-like faith in that? Yet when we put our faith in the One who is capable of bringing the dead to life, the One who took our sins for us along with our shame, we can move those mountains.
I’m going to buy the sign for my daughter. She’s three going on thirteen. She definitely has a strong personality and has no problem putting other people in their places. But I’m going to have the sign altered. I’ll have Mark 11:23-24 posted underneath it. I do not want her to forget these things:
1. God is her strength and refuge.
2. When she puts her faith in Him, all things are possible.
3. When she wakes up, the world better watch out. A woman of the Lord is on the move.
Perhaps we all need these reminders, whether male or female. The Lord has a purpose for our lives and it is often greater than we can ever dream or imagine. So look at those mountains and tell them to move.
Happy Monday, y’all!!!