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THE NEW THING By Cleo Dailey, III (Modern Day Lazurus) “Use What You’ve Got”


And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, there is nothing.”

– 1 Kings 18:43

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)I can remember countless days when my beloved mother would ask me to go into the kitchen to see what I wanted for supper. I came back every time confused, as most of the time, there was absolutely “nothing” in the cupboards…or so I thought…

What my brilliant mother understood is what God often understands in seasons where we perceive lack. Mommy knew that provision was not based on what it looked like, but it was based on what she was capable of making with what was available. We see this concept often throughout scripture…God told Moses “what is in your hand?” (Ex. 4:2) Jesus told Peter “cast a hook.” (Mt. 17:27) One of the things that is so amazing about our God is that He never throws anything in the garbage. He uses everything. This includes your life. As we go into the New Year, new challenges will arise that may seem bleak at first. It is not to harm you; rather, these challenges will be to remind you of what is in your hand. You have been equipped with everything that you need already to go forward in life. You have heard “no” several times. So what! Go again! When the prophet Elijah told the servant to go and look at the sea again, it was much like the lesson my mother was teaching me. “I don’t base lack on what you won’t see. I base provision on what God can do with what we have!” Life makes us look for the obvious. We will want “five star” blessings with “drive thru” lifestyles. But God is calling for us to see things the way HE sees them.

The greatest part of this verse is that the servant saw a cloud about the size of a man’s hand. How often do we negate the miracle based on what we think is a lack in quantity? You can get a lot out of a little when you recognize Who is pouring! As we begin the New Year, ignore the familiar and reach with faith toward seeing things through the lens of God’s perusal. After all, His thoughts…well, you know what I am saying… (Is. 55:8)