“Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
The Power of Prayer
Over a year ago we were informed that if we didn’t sign papers allowing Marathon Oil to cross our land taking a 100 foot right away for a pipeline, they would seize the land any way. I began receiving certified letters from Marathon’s attorneys saying that if we didn’t sign the papers, they were going to take us to court. So I began to pray. What bothered me most was that the spot they had chosen to take was our favorite spot for picnics and cookouts at the creek. The contract basically said that they could bulldoze down the beautiful trees there and we would no longer be allowed to use that area without their permission! I posted in Mustard Seed Faith illuminations last week some pictures of the fun times we have had there. I had been praying for days and the deadline for signing the papers was in less than a week. My husband sent an email to these attorneys explaining that the direction Marathon intended to go was unacceptable to us and so was the contract. He requested a meeting down at the sight with Marathon’s right away acquisitions manager. The meeting was set and three men showed up including their engineer. I decided not to attend the meeting so that I could pray while they met. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would speak to and soften the hearts of these men and give my husband wise words to say. “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Luke 21:15
A second meeting was set and this one was for the actual signing of the papers. At the first meeting the engineer had told my husband that it would be possible for them to drill under the road and then take a turn to the left avoiding most of our trees and going down our field almost to the end before they crossed the creek. We were also told that they would change the parts of the contract we were unhappy with and bring a map to this meeting showing the revised direction they would be taking. For the next few days I praised God for His unfailing love and waited in joyful expectation to see how my awesome God would answer my prayers.We sat around my kitchen table and I was relieved to see that their map appeared to follow the path we had hoped they would take. I had printed out a large picture of our grandchildren playing down at the creek and showed it to them thanking them for not taking the part of the land we most enjoyed.The papers were signed and I praised God again for being so good.
But this April, a year later when the bulldozers were getting ready to cross over to our land, the surveyor stakes had not been changed and it appeared that they were still going to bulldoze our trees down and cross the creek at our favorite spot. Worry reared his ugly head again, but this time I quickly began to pray and covered him with a mountain of prayer and promises each time he appeared. My husband made a phone call regarding this matter and we were met once again by the acquisitions manager and together we walked down by the creek. I pointed out the favorite places our grandchildren play and all the trees I did not want the bulldozers to destroy. His heart had already been touched by the Lord and he couldn’t have been nicer, promising to come back and tape off those trees. In the above two pictures you can see the beautiful red tape he used to protect our trees and creek. The next picture was taken May 24,2012, and they still have a lot more work to do. But they have been very careful and not damaged our trees.
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1
The amazing thing is that I thought I would be really bothered by the noise. But it has been going on now for about three weeks with drilling through rocks, dynamite blasts that vibrate our house and the constant beeping, clanging, banging noises of huge machinery and I have been completely at peace.
Shepherd our grandson loves all the noise and construction and never gets tired of watching from his director’s chair. Perhaps I have learned to look at it from the eyes of a little child. But mostly I believe that I am just so thankful knowing that God changed the hearts of these men and their plans. The acquisition manager had seen us watching the construction with Shepherd and called us from his cell phone one day saying he envied us as grandparents. He let us know that there would be a big dynamite blast in less than an hour if we would like to bring our grandson down to watch. I am looking forward to the time when they are completely finished and I know the sweet sound of birds singing and crickets chirping and the quiet of peace will be so welcomed. But best of all will be the sound of laughing, splashing children as they play down by the creek. Thank you Father, thank you, thank you, thank you.
“Ah Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
Mustard Seed Gift
In my kitchen window I have a little bottle filled with mustard seeds and tied with the verse from Matthew 17:20 that my daughter made for me years ago. If you feel you could use a little faith boost or perhaps you have a friend who is having a difficult time, this would make a lovely gift to give yourself or your friend.
- silver beading wire (24 gauge) or thinner
- crystal or silver beads
- hot glue gun
Cut about a yard length of wire and bend in half. Place the center of the wire at the bend on a cutting board and drop a bit of hot glue on it. Place a tiny mustard seed on the cutting board next to it and drop some glue over the mustard seed making a pearl like pendant that contains the mustard seed and includes the wire. Let cool and then carefully peel it off the cutting board (do not pull it off by the wire). You may need to lift the edges of the pendant with a knife. Finish necklace by adding crystal beads to the wire and twisting the ends together. Measure the necklace to be sure that it is large enough to place over the head of your child before you twist the ends together. Place the necklace on your cutting board and seal the twisted part of the wire especially the ends with a bead of hot glue so it will not come undone or prick clothing or skin. Boys might enjoy making a key chain.