In early January 2011, while I was lying in bed very relaxed and with a completely clear mind, I suddenly felt the Spirit of God come upon me. I immediately knew what God wanted me to do.
You see, about a year earlier, December 24, 2009 to be exact, I had rejected a final offer for my business of US$500,000 (Approx. NZ$700,000 at the time) from a business based in the United States and listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
I had originally been seeking US$1 million for it.
Their offer represented about 3x gross profit, despite their company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange at around 32 times net profit. Their company was valued at US$350 million at the time and they had around $40 million in cash on their balance sheet as of the last financial statement.
My website business had gained number one rankings in Google for many of my industry's most popular keywords, and it had generated around US$80,000 profit in the first four months of the year. In fact I had my best ever month in February 2009, earning over NZ$40,000 profit - nearly the average yearly salary in New Zealand at the time!
So, all in all, it was a great business, and one that took very little time to maintain while providing me with a great lifestyle!
However, come mid-2009 I felt it was time to sell and move on, so I decided to put it up for sale. Eventually in November 2009, I was approached by this company who wanted to buy my website, despite them not knowing it had been up for sale, and was for sale! It seemed like a perfect match at the time, and I knew that these were the people I wanted to sell my website to. All that remained was getting the right offer.
Long story short, when they offered me US$400,000 for it, I told them, "that's pretty low", and was told that the best they could do would be US$500,000. Eventually I rejected their offer, despite knowing that these were the people that were supposed to buy my website when they first came along.
Getting back to the original premise of this article, over a year later when I felt the Spirit of God come upon me, I knew what God was wanting me to do! He wanted me to ask Him how much my website was worth to the company that should have bought it over a year earlier. So I did.
I started at US$550,000 and went up in $100,000 increments until He stopped me at US$1.25 million or $1250K. Once I was satisfied that this was His answer, I stopped praying and His Spirit left me.
I was perplexed! Why did God stop me at US$1.25 million? That number meant nothing to me, however, that is the number that God stopped me at, and therefore had to be the answer as to what my website was worth to that company at the time.
Then a couple of months later I found the answer to my question!
While I was looking back over the valuation document that I had sent them, I noticed a very interesting calculation I had made. I had calculated that my website would have added US$2.5 million to their market value on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange at current valuations. And that's when I realised that US$1.25 million is exactly half the US$2.5 million that I had calculated that my website would have added to their overall market value!
What was God saying or trying to tell me? That if this company had offered me US$1.25 million for my website (I had originally been seeking US$1 million), then they would have exactly doubled their money by doing so!
Some time later I discovered an even more interesting proof of my conversation with God.
While looking back at old emails, I noticed that the last email I received from this company in the acquisition process, arrived at exactly 12:50PM on December 24, 2009. This was the exact number that God had told me my website was worth to them several years earlier. Here again was another proof of my conversation with God.
US$1250K was the number I stopped at when talking to God. The fact that the last email arrived at exactly 12:50PM and not a minute before or after was again a proof that God had his hand on the situation!
Even the number of increments in which I asked God how much my site was worth to them was interesting. This was and is still the only time I have had a direct conversation with God where I have had instantaneous feedback from Him, and He initiated the conversation in the first place by coming to me in His Spirit. He only left once I was satisfied that I had the right answer. So why did he do it?
Perhaps because He knew that by not selling my website to these people that it would have a devastating impact on my life (which it did), but also to confirm to me that I wasn't wrong about not taking the offer because it was according to God, not a good one at all!
Everything has a value. It is up to each of us to determine what that value is, and not short-change anyone out of what that value is, if we want to have a good conscience towards God.
An interesting statistic: The valuation I was given for my website was two-and-a-half to three times less than what God said it was worth to them! That is a terrible statistic!
Update: January 13, 2020:
On January 12, 2020, around nine years to the day since I had this direct conversation with God, I discovered something rather interesting.
In early 2010, I had tried to revive this deal with the company that had tried to acquire my website. However, on January 16, 2010, I received the last ever email that I would receive from them, letting me know that the funds for the acquisition of my website had been allocated to other deals, and that they were no longer able to negotiate with me.
Nearly one year later, on or around the 13th of January 2011, I had my direct conversation with God, letting me know how much my website was actually worth to them. I was intending to email them and let them know what happened, however, I didn't feel that God wanted me to, so I let it go.
Then, about three days later on January 16, 2011, exactly one year to the day that I received the last ever email from them, I felt God allow me to send them an email. So, why did God make me wait? It appears that He wanted to let me know that He had His hand on this from the beginning, and made sure that I knew it by aligning the timing to exactly one year to the day! Otherwise, why would He make me wait?
It took nearly nine years for me to discover this, or exactly 469 weeks to the day from the day I sent this email on Sunday, January 16, 2011, until Sunday, January 12, 2020.
A more detailed explanation of this event can be found here.