Ever feel like you can do nothing more for your situation? You don’t necessarily want to give up, but you feel like you have hit a dead end in your search for an answer. Last week, this was me. I stood at my dead end moment as I looked at my two year olds continued suffering with eczema and allergies. His body was being attacked pretty intensely and I felt I had hit a wall. For the past two years, my husband and I have researched for answers almost everyday, prayed daily, and brought him to pediatricians, allergists and a dermatologist. On top of that, he has been seeing a homeopathic doctor for the past seven months. With what seemed like no other options, I felt defeated. Do I find another doctor? Do I google for answers one more time? Do I keep praying? Or do I just let go and see what happens? Do I just face that this might be our family’s reality?
There is point in our lives where we face a reality and have to make a decision either to simply accept this reality or to face the reality in faith. The reality is that our son has eczema and severe seasonal allergies. I cannot deny this fact, but this fact attached with fervent faith has a chance to change something. This revelation came to me as I read 1 Kings 18:41-46. Here Elijah tells King Ahab to go ahead and eat because a rainstorm was on its way. Elijah’s statement was especially bold since at this time in history there had been a drought in the land for over three years. God had sent this drought to the land because the Israelites were worshipping foreign gods and had completely forgotten the one true God and all of His ways. Elijah stated that a rainstorm was on the way despite there being no evidence of rain approaching. By faith and the promise of God, he declared a rainstorm was on its way. Then he travels to Mount Carmel to pray to God for the rain to come. He would pray and then send his servant out to look at the sea to determine if the rain was approaching. However, the servant returns six times to tell Elijah that there was no sign of rain. But Elijah does not give up, he sends out his servant again and on the seventh time, the servant returns and reports, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” After the report of a tiny rain cloud, Elijah instructs his servant to hurry and tell King Ahab…he was to hurry because the rain would end up stopping him. Have you ever hurried to get to a safe place because you saw a small rain cloud the size of a hand? Me either, but there was a surety Elijah had that required his servant to hurry. Then just as Elijah stated in faith, a rainstorm occurred.
I have been reading this passage for several days and believe God is instructed me to call some things out in faith, pray and continue to watch for God to show up. God is teaching me several things from this passage that I would like to share with you.
1. Despite the evidence, hold onto the promises of God and approach your currently reality in faith. For the Israelites, they had lived in a drought for years. However despite the reality, Elijah called out a rainstorm. His faith statement might not have made sense in the natural, but in the supernatural, he trusted God to show up.
2. Do not stop praying. Elijah continued to pray. He did not give up when the servant brought a bad report the second or fifth time, but instead Elijah prayed without ceasing and in faith sent his servant out a seventh time to look for evidence of rain. Do not stop praying for the supernatural thing you are needing. Do not be discouraged by the reports of others. Instead, continue to pray and in faith continue to look for God to show up.
3. Do not overlook the small cloud. Hold onto the small glimpses of God’s provision. Elijah could have become discouraged and asked, “Why God?” when his servant reported a small rain cloud. He could have easily replied, “That’s it God? A small rain cloud?” However, Elijah took that small sign to build his faith for the promise of the rainstorm to come. For me, God is challenging me not to overlook moments when our son is not scratching or days his allergies are not acting up. He is reminding me that these small signs are to build my faith for the greater promise to come…my son’s complete healing.
For my family, we are holding onto the promise that our son will be completely healed. With that promise, we are facing the reality we live in now with faith. God does not want us to give up and accept eczema and allergies as our reality forever. And He does not want you to simply accept your current reality, but to stare at your reality in faith. He wants us to continue to fervently pray and to look out one more time for the promise to reveal itself. When we do look again, let us not be discouraged if we only see a small sign, but let this encourage us to continue to believe that the promise will come in it’s fullness. Despite the dead end you feel like you are facing, look again in faith and proclaim the promise God has given you. Be encouraged and celebrate the “small cloud” moments of that promise being revealed. Like Elijah, in faith, let’s boldly believe, continue to pray and look again for the promise of God to come.