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. 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.’” In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower.
Having people not believe in your dreams or God's calling of you 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 believe it wasn't 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.”
How many of us have seen something that no one else was able to see? We believed in it but no one else did.
I thought to myself that was a true statement. I began to inform God in my prayers that I was willing to say what Isaiah said, "Here am I. Send me."
God began to open up doors for me that others couldn't see being opened. People started questioning my intentions and I realized it was better to keep this to myself.
They didn't have faith in me or my calling.
What are you to do when you can see what no one else can see?
I believe you keep on displaying your faith in what you believe. You don't quit believing what you know to be true.
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 in 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, a cloud the size of a man's hand isn’t going to do much.
That is what makes this story all the more fascinating.
You might have a vision, a dream, or a calling and you have shared it with your family or friends and they all think you are “crazy” or worse yet they even call you a “dreamer”.
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.
You may be the small cloud that God wants to do great things with today.
Will you let Him use you?
Think On This:
Small minds are the first to criticize large ideas.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.