As I reflect back on one of my favorite paintings, Cotton Conversation, it reminds me of all the hard work that went into building Historical Black Communities, Historical Black Colleges and all the opportunities our ancestors provided for us by working their faith.
Even though all odds were against them, they persevered. Their faith in times of sorrow and despair should be an example of the mountains that can be moved out of our lives.
In the Bible, faith is compared to a mustard seed.
I read mustard trees have been found in various locations throughout the world. Even though it’s one of the smallest seeds, the trees can grow up to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
The tree can grow in arid, dry climates and thrive even in clay or sandy soil. It can grow in hot, dry weather or cool, wet climates. Also, even if the tree is cut down to the trunk, it can grow back again. If you believe, you can overcome and come back stronger than ever, just like the mustard tree that’s been severely pruned, even if only a tiny bit of faith remains. The leaves can be made into mustard. The tree can produce edible salts and the leaves have been shown to prevent tooth decay and alleviate tooth aches. The implications of this tree are not lost in a dead and decaying world.
Neither are we.....
'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.' -Philippians 4:13