I've always been a very literal person. Figurative speech and parables are often lost on me. But I keep trying to think about things in a different way. What if "this" actually means something much different, much more?
While I was reading "Three Cups of Tea" I came across a passage mentioning that the author had been busy moving mountains on his own and it struck me- when the scriptures mention faith to move mountains maybe it's not referring to literally moving large mounds of dirt. What if God is saying that we need to have enough faith to remove the roadblocks that stand in our way? Our mountains may be depression, unemployment, discouragement, wayward children, fatigue, loneliness, or any other obstacle that is keeping us from experiencing joy and growth in this life. So maybe what we need to do is not seek to climb over these "mountains" on our own, but instead work to build our faith so that we can remove them, even if it's by blasting away a little at a time. If we can just believe God can make it possible. What an encouraging and hopeful thought!