“…BUT IF YOU CAN do anything, take pity on us and help us!! And Jesus said to him, ‘IF You can!!! All things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately, the boy’s father cried out and began saying, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief.'” Mark 9:22-24
A swift read through the gospels shows that Jesus blesses, encourages, even marvels at great faith…Jesus was amazed at the great faith of the centurion, he told the hemorrhaging woman that her faith had made her well, to the woman who washed His feet with her hair he said that her faith had saved her, to the two blind men he said it should be done to them according to their faith and they were healed.
But in Mark 9 we find a father desperate for healing for his son. He had already asked the disciples to heal him, but they could not. So, when he finally got to Jesus he uses the word “if” in reference to Jesus’ ability. Been there. Done that. Even if I didn’t say it out loud, somewhere deep in my soul there was a tiny “if.” Weak faith. Faith that isn’t recorded in Hebrews 11, or even commented on in the local newspaper. Lacking faith. Not big, not loud, not shining, not great. Just enough faith to make me go to Jesus and ask. Just enough faith to pray one more time, to have a tiny hope that drives me to Him again. And what do I find?
Jesus, ever real about every situation says, “IF?????!!!!!” He challenging, penetrating through the walls, through the disappointments and fears, down to the hidden place where my “if” exists and He asks…”Well, do you believe or not? Because the truth is, ALL things are possible to him who believes.” And whether I answer honestly or not, He knows…”I do believe, Lord, help my unbelief.” Help my unbelief….He knows it better than even I do, the One who knows the gut wrenching truth of my heart. He sees.
And then, without warning, He moves, He calls, He heals, He saves, He provides, He calms, He shows up big time for my little faith and says, “I can work with that.” I can work with your measly, suffering faith and I will be God to you right here, right now. Jesus says…just a little is just enough because I’m enough for all you lack.
The mustard seed then sprouts a minuscule green leaf and I marvel at a God who says He can work with that tiny little seed in me.