Have you ever felt like God was getting you prepared for a change? I remember when I worked at WAPT doing the morning weather. I told my mother I felt like God was preparing me for a change--something BIG was going to happen--something good. For those of you who know my career history, you remember that I left WAPT after my contract was up and was sued by the station to keep me from going to work for the competition. That was a tough year both financially and emotionally for me. All I could think of was, "God, when you said you were preparing me for a good change, I thought it would be better than this!" After a year went by, I was hired by WLBT to be their morning co-anchor and then promoted to be their first chief meteorologist in station history. Now I know God had it in His plan all along for me to leave WAPT.
Hebrews 6:15 says, "And so it was that Abraham, having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God has promised him." The writer of Hebrews states that Isaac was a pledge of what was to come. God did not promise Abraham just one baby, He promised him that he would be the father of many nations. Many people today have a "pledge", or a little foretaste, of the good things that God has in His plans for them.
In I Kings 18, after a long period of drought that Elijah had prophesied, God told him to go and tell the wicked King Ahab that it was going to rain. Elijah spoke forth the Word of God by faith with no evident signs of rain. Then he went to the top of a mountain and began to pray. As he prayed, he sent his servant up to a higher point to check out the sky: six times the servant went and came back with the report of a sunny, cloudless sky. Finally, the seventh time he returned and reported, "I see a cloud the size of a man's hand." In the expanse of the sky, that is not very big, but it was enough to get Elijah motivated to take the next step of faith. He sent word to Ahab in verse 44, "Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you." This cloud, even though it was small, was a beginning of a great downpour. It was a pledge of good things to come.
Probably most of us who are believing God for something can find evidence of a small beginning: a little seed or a cloud the size of a man's hand. Rejoice over that seed. It is a sign of greater things to come!