Don’t despise small beginnings!
Many of us have heard that said before but 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 doesn’t come right away.
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Elijah and the Cloud
Elijah was a prophet of God and the land was experiencing a period of drought. Elijah had a promise from God that He would send rain upon the land. So he goes to King Ahab and says, in 1 Kings 18:41
“Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain!”
At this time there isn’t a cloud in the sky, but Elijah had faith! He trusted the Lord.
So Ahab goes off to do as Elijah said. He goes off to eat and drink, but Elijah goes up to the summit of Carmel. And what does he do?
He got down on the ground, put his face between his knees and he prayed!
But that is not all he did.
In 1 Kings 18:43 it says:
“And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times.”
Elijah had faith! 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 came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.'”
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 yet in that, he saw the promise! He saw past what was in front of him. He saw past the small beginning to the downpour!!
Keep Your Faith in God in Hard Times
It is difficult when you are starting a ministry or a business and things just don’t seem to be moving.
As a blogger, I can tell you it happens to us all the time. We play the comparison game. We look at what other bloggers are doing and we wonder if we are cut out for it.
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.
We sometimes look right past the cloud the size of a man’s hand.
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God Is Working It Out
If God called you to ministry, trust that He is working it all out! It is not a sprint, it is a marathon!
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.
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. He enjoys nothing more than telling you that you are not as talented as others in your industry or niche.
He 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!
He wants you to feel like you’re not good enough for a relationship! He shows you all your friends getting married and you’re still single! He tells 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.
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Faith in God Includes Faith in His Timing
Elijah got on his knees in prayer AND kept watching for that cloud.
The best thing you can do is not play the comparison game the enemy wants you to play, but pray and have faith!
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!
Don’t Despise Small Beginnings
It is in those small beginnings that you see God the most! It is in those small beginnings you can exercise your faith. It is 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!
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