“When I told my best friend, Bernadette, that I was worried I wasn’t doing enough to please God, she gave me the strangest gift: a bottle of tiny mustard seeds. ‘Jesus says you only need faith as small as a mustard seed,’ she’d reminded me. ‘Just love Him. It’s really that simple.’
“Sure, it sounded so easy, but no matter what I did, or how hard I tried, I still felt distant and disconnected from the Lord. I was involved in church activities and I strived to be a good Christian, but I felt like I had to do so much more to truly feel God’s love. I’d look at those tiny seeds and think, That can’t be enough for the Almighty!
“Then one night, not long after Bernadette gave me the seeds, I had a vivid dream. I was walking through a beautiful garden full of flowers. As I touched the soft petals, I felt giddy, free and…loved. I knelt down and planted a small seed in the soil. Then I stood up and tilted my face toward the sky, where a luminous ray of light shone down and bathed me in pure joy. As I stood in the sun, I heard a soft, gentle whisper that I will never forget: That’s all I need, My child. All I need.
“The next morning I awoke feeling an overwhelming sense of peace, and I realized that God loved me even when I didn’t feel like I was doing ‘enough’…or when I didn’t feel like I was ‘enough.’ All I have to do is give Him a tiny seed of love and He will create the most glorious garden in my heart.”
—Emily Ackroyd, 54, La Puente, CA