“Now one of the wives of a man of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha [for help],…Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have [of value] in the house?” 2 Kings 4:1-2 AMP.
The story of this widow provides insights we can apply even as we plan to consolidate post COVID-19. So many of us can relate with the pains and costs at varying degrees but the good news is we have what it takes to come out of this better.
I was privileged to join some awesome women last week online as we looked at the hard realities and what life post COVID-19 will likely be and how to identify or discern opportunities and position ourselves. It was an enlightening time, and I will like to share a few simple practical points that I learnt and could be considered and adopted anytime you are faced with critical decisions to make.
Look Up “I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2 ERV. Seek help and direction from the One who knows all things and can order your steps in the way you should go. Praying is a key that unlocks the door of revelation, He invites us to “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”Jeremiah 33:2-3 MSG. There are divine information for the season, pray reveals them. The widow in our bible text cried out for help, you should as well. It is not the time to be complaining, sharing tales of woe with friends.
Look Ahead “This is what GOD says,… “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? Isaiah 43:16-21 MSG. No one makes substantial progress looking over his shoulder while attempting to move forward. Looking ahead is linked to your mindset, it is about the vision, or goal before you. The times ahead call for a strategic step.
Look Inwards She said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a [small] jar of [olive] oil.” We are all equipped, there is provision for every season we may face in life. There is a skill, or idea, it may even be another form of resource that you can convert into a profitable venture. Think deeply.
When Isaac in Gen 26 found himself in a famine, he did not give up, he did not allow himself be discouraged by the contentions and failed attempts, rather he kept trying until God made room for him and he found rest. Do not give up until you find your Rehoboth- your place of growth and success.
Look Around Then he said, “Go, borrow containers from all your neighbours…”. The impact of the pandemic is obvious, as we proceed to recover there will be needs to be met, opportunities abound for new jobs and a new crop of entrepreneurs. Solution providers will be in high demand.
Set yourself up for success there’s a vacuum waiting for you to fill.
Another important resource are people. Who do you surround yourself with? Who do you have in your circle of friends that can support your idea?
“Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.”
James 1:5 ERV
Tsom will like to recognize and appreciate Pastor Olukemi Abe and the EXCO of the Glorious Women fellowship of the RCCG, HOHG for putting together this timely webinar.