I Kings 18:43-45 - He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 44 It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’ ” 45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower.
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Having people not believe in your dreams is a commonplace experience. In our text above Elijah had a vision or a dream where the Word of the Lord came to him.
In this vision God had told him that it was going to rain (vs.1). Now no one else knew it was going to rain. Everyone had been programmed to not believing it was going to rain because it hadn't rained in over three years.
They go through this ritual six times and each time his answer is the same, “There is nothing.” Imagine going through this same routine six times and coming back with the same answer, “There is nothing.”
What were you able to see that no one else could see?
Did you see yourself winning something or becoming something no one ever thought you were capable of winning or accomplishing?
In 1997 at the Freestyle Wrestling Championships the USA’s 57 Kilo wrestler pulled out of the competition. This left the spot open for the number two wrestler, Tony Purler, who was traveling with the team but was 22 lbs. over weight because he wasn’t expected to wrestle. He was traveling with the team to be a wrestling partner for the number one wrestlers.
When the number one wrestler pulled out Tony had a few days to lose the 22 lbs and make the weight.
When others couldn’t see it happening Tony, his coach and a few teammates were able to see it. He made the weight and wrestled in his first World Championship. Why?
He was able to see what others couldn’t.
At least that is what Elijah did and on the seventh time his servant came back with a different answer. A don’t get your hopes up to high answer. He says, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand…”
The servant doesn’t have much faith is this little cloud. In fact, he says it is a “small” cloud. It is only the size of a man’s hand.
Now if you think about that for a moment, physically speaking, that size of a cloud isn’t going to do much.
That is what makes this story all the more fascinating.
All I can say is keep believing or having faith in your dreams. Elijah did and in the end he was right and they were wrong.
Small minds are the first to criticize large ideas.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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