41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”
42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”
The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”
Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”
45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:41-45).
There was a severe drought in the land of Samaria for three years. Elijah was praying to God for rain. As Elijah prayed, he instructed his servant to go outside to look if there was a sign of rain. Six times he did this and six times his servant came back saying “i didn’t see anything”.
When God gives us an instruction, we might not be able to see a thing initially. Most times, we don’t see any progress in the beginning. That doesn’t mean that God’s hand isn’t on that project.
Several times in the bible we find cases where God gives answers in ways we don’t expect.
In 2 kings 5, Naaman was expecting to get a different answer than what the little girl gave him. He wasn’t interested in going through the rigorous routine of doing the same thing over and over again, especially in that dirty river. You see the reason why you are not getting result might not be because you are in the wrong place or because you are doing the wrong thing. It might just be that you need to learn to be patient in sowing continuously until you get result. Some of us don’t need to change jobs, businesses or marriage. You might just need a little bit more patience. Don’t get discouraged at the sixth attempt. Your next attempt might be when you break through. If you are sure God told you to do that thing, keep doing it to the best of your ability. Diligence is key.
Elijah’s servant finally saw a sign when he went out to check the seventh time. It will interest you to know that the sign he saw was actually what we would see as negligible. If i see a cloud like the size of a man’s hand in the sky, i won’t see that as anything serious. That isn’t an enough sign to prove that there will be an abundance of rain. In the physical realm, tiny doesn’t equate abundance. Despite this, he keyed into the tiny sign he saw.
Look into the areas of your life where you are still believing God for a miracle. He might not have sent the abundance of rain as of yet, but you might be able to see the tiny hand of cloud in the sky. Thank Him for the tiny hand of cloud that you can see. Thank Him for that little improvement in your health. You might not be able to run as of yet, however you’ve been able to sit up from that sick bed. That child might not have started joining you in prayers but s/he has started sitting still to listen to you. Trust that if He is able to give the tiny hand of cloud in the sky, He is also able to send the abundance of rain. Acknowledge the tiny steps. Make joyful noises about the tiny improvements. You might not have given up smoking as of yet, but at least you have cut down the number of cigarette you now take. You might not have gotten an ‘A’ in that subject, but you have moved from a ‘D’ to a ‘C’. They may be baby steps but they are steps in the right direction. The baby steps are usually not the type of miracle we look forward to. They usually don’t look like the answers we want to our prayers. However they are a sign that the ‘big miracle’ is on it’s way.
If you don’t appreciate the tiny hand in the cloud, you won’t appreciate the abundance of rain when it comes.