It’s Right Under Your Nose
Have you ever spent time and resources searching hard for something very important only to find it was right ‘under your nose’ the whole time? Hidden in plain view so to speak. A lady lost the key to a large office building with very inconvenient consequences, only to find the key was around her neck the whole time….how embarrassing! Or remember when you turn the whole house upside down looking for your glasses only to find they were on your head the whole time!
Many times God deals with us in a similar way. You spend time seeking him earnestly for something only to find the answer is much simpler than you thought and is right before you, hidden in plain sight. Or he may ask you to do something that you see as complex and far fetched, but your steps of obedience start right near you.
The word God asks you to follow is not beyond the sea or far off in the heavens it’s very near you ….in your mouth and heart (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). Hagar and Ishmael would have died of thirst in the desert, had God not opened her eyes to see a well of water that was right next to her (Gen 21:19). The poor widow was saved from her crushing debt by what she had in her house- a small jar of oil that God took and multiplied (2 Kings 4:2-7). As the song says ‘little is much when God is in it’. God started the mighty deliverance of the Israelites with a simple question to Moses, “what do you have in your hand?”(Exodus 4:2)
Jesus started off one of his greatest miracles, the feeding of the 5000, with a question to the disciples “what do you have” – the answer, “5 loaves and 2 fishes” appeared woefully inadequate until Jesus touched it and then it was more than enough (Mark 6:38). God told a trembling and scared Gideon, “Go with the strength you have”, to deliver Israel (Judges 6:14).
Today be encouraged that God’s answer to your prayer is right under your nose, hidden in plain sight. It is much simpler than you think. He will use the little you have, not the much you do not have. May your eyes be opened to obey him in the simple things and receive what He is giving you.