Theres a cartoon type of picture that has circulated on the internet for a few years, its of a man digging his way through a cave trying to get to diamonds, the picture shows that at the moment he gave up, he had one more wall to knock down and the diamonds were right. there. That picture kills me every time, because what if in life we saw the scale of our progress and how close we were to that thing, was right on the other side of us saying,”I”m done! Its too hard/taking too long”.
You have a desire, passion, career goal, house goal, car goal, family goal, weight goal, etc. You’ve tried so many times and ways to achieve this goal. For some it only takes one failure for you to stop, for others you have tried countless times and now you give up! Whatever the case is, GO AGAIN!
Some, if not all, of the successful people in life that a lot of us reference had to fight against so many no’s, so many doors slammed in their face, but still they kept trying and were able to obtain the thing they have been working so hard for, especially when their circumstances appeared to be telling them “This is never going to work, just give up!”
The scripture I am using today, is from the Prophet Elijah, who told his servant to check the sky over the sea for the evidence of rain coming. *Backstory* in 1 Kings 17, Elijah prophesied that there was going to be a great drought for a few years. In the third year of there being a drought in the land, God told Elijah go present yourself to Ahab (Ahab was a King, who was married to Jezebel and Jezebel made it her mission to kill the Lord’s prophets, so Elijah going to him was risky business), present yourself to Ahab and I will send the rain. Elijah does as he is told and when done, tells Ahab raining is coming back to the land, and sends his servant to look for the evidence.
“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 1 Kings 18:43
Elijah sent his servant to look seven times. Seven times! Here why this number is A LOT. Elijah was on the top of Mount Carmel. So seven times his servant climbed up, seven times down, to say, “Bro! There is still no evidence of rain!!” Elijah is like, “I’m sure you’re not looking correctly, “Go back!” Just imagine the way the servant wanted to fuss at Elijah or say “Why don’t you go?!”
Sometimes, we aren’t looking at our progress through the right lens. Sometimes, we expect it to look a certain way and if it doesn’t turn out that way, we count it as a loss. Sometimes, we want to step on the scale and it say down 10 pounds, instead it says .1 pounds down. But if you keep trying, and you look at things with the right perspective of all progress, whether big or small, as something to be celebrated, maybe then you will accomplish the things you’ve been hoping for all along.
“The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” 1 Kings 18:44
I’m sure the servant expected to see thunder clouds covering the sky in order to bring back proof that rain was coming, instead he saw a cloud equivalent to a human hand. But regardless of the packaging of the progress, an accomplishment is still an accomplishment, and rain still came upon the land!
So stop beating yourself up for what you haven’t done yet, put on your faith glasses and GO AGAIN!