In 1 Kings 18 'Elijah the prophet told King Ahab that the drought in the land was over and the rains were coming. Then Elijah told his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea."
So he went up and looked, and said, "There is nothing."
So seven times the old prophet said, "Go again."
Then it came to pass the seventh time, he said, "There is a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea!"
In versess 43-45 Elijah said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you'"... in the meantime... the sky became black... and there was a heavy rain... '.
Now notice, seven times Elijah said, 'Get up and go again.'
You must learn to persist! If you don't, you'll miss what God wants you to have. Furthermore, if you don't recognise and celebrate small miracles they may be only 'the size of a man's hand', you'll miss the bigger blessings when they rain in on you. Blessings that are so essential to your future.
I read about a runner named Beth-Anne De Ciantis. She had to complete a 26-mile marathon in less than two hours and 45 minutes to qualify for the 1992 Olympics. She reached the final straight in two hours 43 minutes, with just two minutes left. Two hundred yards from the finish she stumbled and fell. Dazed, she stayed down for almost twenty seconds. The crowd yelled, 'Get up!' The clock was ticking - less than a minute to go. Beth-Anne staggered to her feet and began walking. Five yards short of the finish, with ten seconds to go, she fell again. As the crowd cheered her on, she crossed the finish line on her hands and knees.
Her time? Two hours, 44 minutes and 57 seconds.
So my word for you today is 'Get up and keep on going'.