A lot of the time,when we pray, we have in mind EXACTLY how we want God to answer us (which is fine since it’s always better to pray specific prayers). We may or may not get the answers we want; it might tarry or might come instantly. His timing remains perfect,nonetheless. Normally, because we are blinded by our expectations; we tend to miss out on the answered prayers just because we don’t like the package. We ignore it and go back to praying the same prayer, the same one that has already been answered.
Story of my life: I prayed about getting a good paying job, but I had no answer, well, at least that was what I thought. Boy, I was frustrated, lashing out at everyone. Little did I know my answer was right in front of me and I was missing it. For those who don’t know me, I speak pretty good French and I have been blessed with good oratory skills 😅😅. As I was awaiting ‘my dream job’, I had a friend walk to me and suggested I started some sort of tuition which will require the above skill sets. Oh, he didn’t finish making his point, I shushed him there and there. ‘No way, Me? Teach? No way!!’
Everything you’ve ever dreamed of, will often show up in a different packaging than you were envisioning’- Brenden Dilley
Why? I was myopic. I couldn’t see the bigger picture. After battling with the thought for some time, I considered it, with half a heart. I spoke to a friend about it, we set the ball rolling and it turned out that tuition was just 10% of the services the actual business was going to provide; there was a lot more this business venture will offer, plus it would create a lot of jobs for others . If I hadn’t accepted the idea, though I fought the thought for a bit, I wouldn’t have known of the other opportunities or doors that will be opened to me. Right now, I’m a hundred percent committed to this. French Buddy(the name of the company) is here to stay, I have a wonderful team and the future is very bright. From this experience, I have learnt not to despise small beginnings. I’m no longer afraid to start small.
There are many similar and even more fascinating examples in the Bible. A rather famous one is the story of Jesus Christ, who literally came in a small package ‘a little baby in a manger’. A manger? Come on!!! This is Jesus Christ. If some of us were in His shoes, we would have chosen to come down from the skies in a golden chariot with angels singing ‘Here comes the King’ but He chose to come as a baby, who will have to go through the various growth stages before He started His ministry and we can all testify we are here because of His work on earth.
The Bible also tells us about the story of the heavily indebted widow in 2 Kings 4,verses 1 to 7. I love this story so much because it stresses on the power of God and how He can use the little things we possess to do wonderful things to His glory. This widow had nothing at all ‘except a small jar of olive oil’ and Elisha asked her to collect empty jars from her neighbors. He then instructed her to fill all the jars with the oil and this oil only stopped flowing when there were no jar left. She sold this oil to pay off all her debts and lived on the rest. We can imagine how blown away her mind was. She would have put it up on snap chat if it existed back then. This miracle right here, is the power of God and his ability to perform miracles with the little things.
Another story is that of Moses. When he got to the Red Sea, the Lord used something so insignificant and small in the eyes of Moses, his rod, to part the Red Sea just so the Israelites can cross over to the other side. This further solidifies the point that God can use the most teensy things to turn our lives around.
We can observe in both stories that the power of God was paramount, so when He answers our prayers and entrusts us with a talent, idea, gift or package, albeit its size, we need to obey Him mainly because it is not the size of the package that matters but His power, which is greater than everything. The instructions, along with the package might not make sense right now but the results will be fantastic because His plans are always tailored for our good.
Don’t get it twisted, I am not saying that God gives us only small packages. We just need to remind ourselves that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways.(Isaiah 55:8). So when it comes to God answering our prayers, we need to keep an open heart and mind so we don’t risk the chance of missing out on His blessings. We need to learn to trust Him, and take the first step in making whatever idea we have a reality, bearing in mind that wherever He sends us, He will definitely provide.