And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. ~ 2 Kings 4:2
When there is famine in the land, only God helps us survive. Economies are cracking, companies are down-scaling and no one knows if they’ll ever pick up back to normal. Without a job you can no longer do things as normal. Your immediate need is to find the next source of income.
I was once talking to a friend about a new coffee table I wished to get for my house. Question then was, what is wrong with this one you have? My response – ‘it’s old’. As I finished saying that I thought out loud, ‘perhaps I can get it adjusted and use it as a work desk’. My friend said, ‘ah you could just get a desk’. I responded again and said, ‘why is it that I must buy instead of taking what I have and use it for what I need? I realised that it is so easy to say ‘I want to buy’ instead of saying, ‘how can I use what I have to get what I need’. Yes, at times it might turn out cheaper to buy than repairing. However, it is an option to be explored first.
I watched this series once, a lawyer who had been let go by her firm decided over night to just practice on her own. All she needed to do was to identify the market that she could tap in to serve as an individual and she did. The following day, she set up a working desk at her house. She used old things she had to put the desk together. The top of her desk was an unused door, imagine.
Most times we want to get into business, but we complicate things by wanting to do things out of our reach instead of identifying what business we want to do first. Then identify what we can do now to generate income and gradually grow into that business we eventually want. We want to start big, so we run around looking for the capital we don’t have, tire when we don’t get it and give up. Miracles do happen yes, but you have to till the ground first and make it good soil before you can be asking for a miracle. Otherwise even if that miracle comes, you might not be ready to handle business on a big or medium scale. So you also have to test and pace yourself to ensure sustainability. Business is a marathon and marathon athletes don’t start at a high speed because they know their destination is far but achievable. That way they are able to keep themselves going until the finish line. When we think business, we think big corporation or small business enterprise that is already steadily running. Forgetting that even those started somewhere. God is a giver of all good gifts.
Exodus 16:4. Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
I know that with prophecies you might get one that says, ‘business owner’ and already see yourself one and start pursuing it. But our time and God’s time are different, same as His ways. Try not to chase a prophecy. If it is from God, He will sure manifest it His way, His time. Yours is just to hold on to it without making life stop.
Business demands patience, discipline and alignment with who you are. God didn’t release rain on earth because there was no man to till the ground. As soon as there was someone, He released water then plants grew out of the ground. This because He doesn’t waste His resources.
God says, if you are faithful with little you will be faithful with much. Meaning He wants to observe you with little first before He can give you much. For that big thing you want, start doing well and start using well the little you have. Build something from little and watch it grow just by being faithful.
We have to learn to embrace humble beginnings, they are necessary to always remind us where and how far we have come with God on our side. They teach us how to be responsible, accountable, how to grow what we have and to appreciate it.
Let us be encouraged to start doing something with what we have in our possession now and do it well. God will release rain on it as we continue to do it well and eventually, we will slowly see it grow right in front of our eyes to what we have dreamt of.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin … Zechariah 4:10 NLT