The queue was long and I have been wondering when I was going to get the money paid.
But then I saw her. She works in the bank. With a brilliant smile on her face, she walked up to me and said, “It will be paid” as she took the money from me.
Everyone looked at me with some sort of envy. I could almost hear the murmurings in their mind, “He came just now and he will leave us all behind simply because he knows someone. It’s not fair.” They quietly wished they had someone too.
In Nigeria, it is called “long leg.” Long leg is a slang that means influence. When someone, for example, gets a job in an unexpected place, Nigerians will most likely say, “You have long legs.” In other words, someone influential helped the person get the job.
It is not unusual to see people knocking the doors of the influential in order to find their favour and engage their long legs. People flood the house of politicians because they know they could help them get things done.
I believe that using ones long leg in itself is not wrong.
We are called to be good stewards of our influence. While we shouldn’t deny people unknown to us of opportunities especially if they are qualified, it is also not bad to use our influence to favour people known to us if they are also qualified.
Elisha wanted to use his long legs for the Shunamite woman. She has been so nice to him and he wanted to reciprocate her kind gesture by using his influence to help her.
‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’”2 Kings 4:13
Obviously, Elisha knew the king and the commander of the army. He has the power to influence both of them to do things for him. If you knew someone like Elisha, you can get what you need from the king or the commander of the army.
Sometimes, all we need is that long leg. All you need is someone who knew someone who has what you need.
Unfortunately, most of us do not have or know people with long legs like Elisha. Our backgrounds, exposure and experiences have disqualified us.
We are like that man who had been stationed at the pool for 38 years. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to healed, his reply resonates with so many especially with the unemployed who had looked for job and found none,
Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
In other words, he had no long legs. He had no man. There was no one to help him.
And that might be true about you too. You could not have had or known someone influential and be at this spot. You have no man to help you.
But Jesus came with His long legs and ended 38 years of infirmity. Jesus broke the protocols. He didn’t have to wait anymore for the moving of the waters. The one who sends the angel was right there beside him.
This was not the only place God used His long legs to help ordinary men.
It was His long legs that made Esther, an orphan and a captive, into the queen of the world’s most powerful king. There was no way Esther could ever emerge except for His long legs.
His long legs brought David from the field and made him receive the kingly anointing before his elder brothers. He was unqualified even to his father such that he was not invited to the sacrifice but God’s long leg brought him to the fore. They all had to wait for him until he comes.
His long legs brought Joseph before Pharaoh even when the butler forgotten him. An alien and prisoner became the prime minister of the most powerful nation of the world at the time.
His long legs made Saul, the son of Kish the first king of Israel even though he was from the least tribe of Israel.
His long legs raised Gideon and made him the deliverer of Israel. He had felt so unqualified but His long legs raised him.
I wouldn’t know your current situation but you are about to experience His long legs this month. God is about to raise you. He is about to place you in position you never thought of. He is giving you opportunities and platforms you don’t qualify for.
His long legs will bridge many years of work and walk for you. His long legs will pay your arrears. You may think you have missed so many years but His long legs will make it up to you. When God steps in, it won’t be known that you waited for so long.
Hear God’s word;
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them.1 Samuel 2:8
All you need is faith. All you need is believe His word. This is your month of lifting. Many mouths will go ajar by the reason of what God will do for you. You will be so lifted people will doubt your background.
Believe His word because it works when all things fail.
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