No matter how hard I try, there is always a day or two every week which leaves me feeling overwhelmed, burnt out or ready to explode. You leave home early to attend that very important meeting only to have your child forget his lunch; you have to return home, which in turn makes you late. You carefully plan your next day’s work only to have other people’s urgent tasks take priority over your own To Do List; your tasks get pushed to the back burner and in some cases over into the following week.
Then there are the little things that frustrate the living daylights out of you especially if they occur at the beginning of your day. That’s when the photocopier dies as you make the first of 20 copies of a 75 page document, or the sanitation truck drives off seconds before you are able to put out your garbage, or you unintentionally lock yourself out of your home. Tell me you can relate to what I’m saying!
Grasshopper vs Giants & Monsters
Recently I’ve felt like a ‘grasshopper in my own eyes’. I just could not seem to defeat the project giants at the office and as a result tried to hide out from the domestic monsters waiting at home. While I should have been able to go out and confidently take ‘possession of my land’ I allowed myself instead to doubt that God could – and would – see me through a tough week.
The story of Eliezer
But one night, my bible reading took me to the story of Eliezer, Abraham’s chief servant, who had the daunting task of travelling hundreds of miles to find and bring home the right wife for Isaac at the request of his master. Eliezer knew the possibility of failure was great but he never questioned God’s ability to answer prayer, especially one that specifically asked for success in the assignment ahead (see Genesis 24:12-14). In the end, God came out with His guns blazing because verse 15 reports that before Eliezer had even finished praying Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder!
Who are you?
I paused, wondering how I could have been such a cowardly grasshopper when I served a God who granted His children amazing (and mind-boggling) success. So are you a grasshopper or are you a lion? Are you a fighter or a wimp? Today I encourage you to put everything in your life into God’s hands, to pray and ask Him for success. As you are waiting, remember to take a look down the road ahead for that is when you will see your ‘Rebekah’ coming towards you with her jar on her shoulder. You are highly favored! Whatever it is God can do it, and as a result you can do it too!
Verses for Reflection
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Numbers 13:30-37 (NIV)
Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
Genesis 24:12-16 (NIV)