I misplaced one of my keys roughly half a year ago and gave up the hope of finding it. Luckily I have an extra key that continued to serve me well. I had concluded that it got lost somewhere in town. Funnily, it has been lying in the house all this time. In fact, it has been lying in a place where my eyes glance every day. I was elated to find it. And I think God has used this experience to remind me of some spiritual principles.
It is probable that whatever we are looking for in life and longing to have could not be far from where we are. The Spiritual growth we need could be found in practising sincere Christianity. The financial freedom we desire could be in our mouths and hands. The social progress we are looking for could be lodging within the same environment as us.
Hagar and her son would have died of thirst in the wilderness had God not shown them a well. Interestingly the well was within their reach. The only problem was Hagar’s eyes. Could it be possible that our eyes are blind to the miracles of God around us?
The same staff that Moses carried daily, as a vademecum, was used to perform spectacular wonders – parting the Red Sea and bringing out water from the Rock. How can an eighty-year-old pensioner’s staff turn the Egyptian world upside down! It is possible that God can use our calling to bring liberation. What do you have in your hand? You have a staff or rather stuff in your reach that can be transformed into a tool of miracles.
“But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
“Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.”
“…….your rod and your staff, they comfort me…….”
The story of Gideon is similar to Moses’. The level of resignation and despondency in Gideon tells of a man who was expecting help from a place of nobility; seemingly from afar land. He was dead wrong! The help for him and his people was to be found in him. It may be that we do not need godfathers and who-is-who to get deliverance our way. Probably what we only need is the Word from God’s mouth to ignite the powerful powder keg in us.
How did David decimate the giant Goliath of Gath? David did not have to look far away. The help he needed was not in Saul’s armoury or combat gear. David’s turning point was in the sling and the five smooth stones. We need to be original and use what we have. Possibly there is nothing novel that will change our state: What we already have plus faith in God is sufficient for today’s business.
“Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”
1 Samuel 17:40
Could it be that I have been looking for the key to my house in the wrong places?
Could it be possible that the key to my house is just around?
Could it be possible that you are looking for economic freedom far and wide and now you are worn out and depressed when it is within your range?
Could it be possible that your longing for spiritual growth is making you change churches like weather when the environment you need is already provided for?
Could it be possible that the wife or the husband you are looking for is around you?
Could it be possible that the solutions we need for ourselves and our societies are within our grasp?
May the Almighty God open our eyes and understanding so that we may not miss any of His blessings. May the Almighty God help us spot diamonds resting beneath our feet and stop collecting stones from Timbuktu.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…”
“Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.”
“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:17