Never give up! - 24 February 2021
By Benescke Janse van Rensburg
My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Have you been praying for a breakthrough, but not received an answer yet? Then let me encourage you with the following story, entitled, The Pebble of Success:
During 1942, Rafael Solano sat on a boulder in the dry river bed of the Venezuelan watercourse. For months, he and two friends searched for diamonds in the river – without success.
When one of his friends asked him if he was feeling ok, Rafael looked at the stone in his hand and replied: “I’m through. There’s no use going on any longer. See this pebble. It makes 999 999 I’ve picked up without finding one diamond. I quit!”
The other two men looked at each other in shock. Was this the end of their dream in discovering diamonds?
After a while, one of the men suggested: “Well, Rafael, at least pick up one more pebble and make it a million!” Rafael nodded, bent over the heap of stones in front of him and selected one. It was as big as a chicken’s egg. “Here,” he said and handed it over to his friend.
That “millionth pebble” later became known as The Liberator, the largest and purest diamond ever discovered. And a New York jeweler, Harry Winston, bought it for a large amount of money.
What would have happened if Rafael decided not to pick up that last stone? Or if Michael Jordan had quit basketball after he was dropped from his high school team? Or if Dr. Seuss gave up after 23 publishers rejected his first children’s book – that later sold six million copies by the 24th publisher?
God knows our heart’s desires. He is in control of time and every situation. All He expects from us is perseverance and faith in Him. In James 1:2-4 we read: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Don’t give up hope. Don’t become discouraged – even if you have been praying for a long time for a breakthrough. Remember, God is working behind the scenes to arrange everything to be in the perfect place in order for you to receive your breakthrough. Who knows, perhaps your answer might be just like Rafael’s, just one stone away! God bless.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for being in control of every situation in my life. Help me not to be discouraged if I don’t receive an answer to my prayer immediately. I know You are busy working on my behalf for my breakthrough. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen