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You’ve probably heard it many times before; do not despise small beginnings!
Many of us have heard that saying but, come on, small beginnings can be frustrating for just about anyone!
It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger or starting a business or going to school, it may even be a relationship; we all want things to move faster! We all want to see SOME evidence of progress.
But many times, that evidence just doesn’t come right away. So how do you make the most of those times things don’t seem to move as fast as we would like?
Elijah and the Cloud
Elijah was a prophet and the land was experiencing a period of drought. He had a promise from God that He would send rain upon the land. So Elijah goes to King Ahab and says, in 1 Kings 18:41
“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink, for there’s the sound of rain.'”TLV
Now, at this time, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, but Elijah had faith! He trusted the Lord.
So, Ahab actually listens (Go figure!) and he goes off to do just as Elijah said. He goes off to eat and drink, but Elijah had other plans. He goes up to the summit of Carmel. And what does he do?
Do Not Despise Small Beginnings – Do Some Cloud Watching Instead
He got down on the ground, put his face between his knees and he prayed!
But that is not all he did.
He sends his servant to look for signs of rain!
In 1 Kings 18:43 it says:
Then he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked, and said, “There’s nothing.”
Then he said, “Go back”—seven times—TLV
Now that is faith! He prayed expectantly!
He sent his servant to check for rain not once! But 7 times!! Each time the servant came back and reported nothing! But Elijah stayed on his knees and kept sending his servant back.
1 Kings 18:44 says:
…and it was the seventh time that he said, “Look! A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” Then he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Harness your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”TLV
Seeing Past How the Situation “Appears”
A cloud the size of a man’s hand!
That is one small cloud!!
But upon hearing about that cloud, he sent his servant to tell Ahab to get a move on before the downpour of rain stops him!!
He saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand and in that, he saw the promise of what was to come! He saw past the small bit of evidence in front of him. We see clouds all the time that never result in rain! But Elijah saw rain in that cloud because he had faith in God’s promise! He saw past the small beginning to the downpour!
Keep Your Faith in God During Hard Times
As a blogger, I can tell you it happens to us all the time. Bloggers play the comparison game. We look at what other bloggers are doing and we wonder if we are cut out for it. We measure our speed of growth against others thinking our progress should be the same!
And we see them getting lots of followers or earning an income doing what they love, and we sit back and look at our pageviews or mailing list and think maybe we heard God wrong.
And sometimes look right past that cloud the size of a man’s hand.
Despise Not the Day of Small Beginnings – God Is Working It Out
“For who despises the day of small things?”TLV
Despise not the day of small beginnings!! Trust that it is just that; a beginning!
If He called you to ministry, trust that God is working it out!
You are in this, hopefully, for the long haul. It is not important to get to the finish line first. You are not in competition with other bloggers or other people in your business or your friends and their relationships.
It is so easy to talk yourself out of what God wants you to do! The enemy loves to use this time to discourage you and defeat you. He loves to whisper in your ear that God isn’t using you!He loves to tell you that you aren’t as good as other bloggers. The devil enjoys nothing more than telling you that you are not as talented as others in your industry or niche.
The enemy loves to make you believe that pageviews and subscribers are what defines you!
He wants you to feel that God couldn’t possibly use you!
The enemy loves to tell you there must be something they have that you don’t! He wants you to think you need to push harder to get things to move faster.
Faith in God Includes Faith in His Timing
Elijah knew that faith in God includes faith in His timing! He knew that it was just a matter of waiting! He didn’t doubt the rain would come!
Elijah got on his knees in prayer while watching for that cloud. He prayed and anticipated!
The best thing you can do is not play the comparison game the enemy wants you to play, but pray and have faith and don’t despise small beginnings in your life!
Express thanks to God for where He has you positioned right now and enjoy the moment! He has you where you are for a reason!
“For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven —”CJB
If you are a blogger, pray and write for that audience, even if it is an audience of One in the beginning!
Write for God! Write for the people He WILL send to you!
It doesn’t matter if it is 10 people or 10,000 people a month! If those 10 people are helped by something you wrote about, if those 10 people benefited from a product you sell, if those 10 people found a solution to a problem, then you are more successful than you know!
So Do Not Despise Those Small Beginnings – Use Them to Watch God Move
It is in those small beginnings that you see God the most!
It is in those small beginnings you can build and exercise your faith. It’s in them that you can look back and see what God did in your life/your blog/your business/your relationship.
Pray and have faith! Avoid comparison because your walk isn’t supposed to look like everyone else’s. You are unique and God is using you in a unique way!
Instant gratification would rob us of the growth we gain in the waiting!
So do not despise humble beginnings! God is using them in a big way!
Have you experienced small and slow beginnings where you were able to look back and see how God was using that time in your life? Share in the comments!
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CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.
Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society. Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.