Silent Seasons

by Carolyn Hope

But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:17-18)

A silent season is when you’re working, and growing, and doing what God calls you to do, but you aren’t recognized. You don’t receive praise for your work. Those around you either don’t see what you do, or they don’t acknowledge it. Sometimes, in these seasons, God becomes quieter as well. You wonder, “Does anyone see me? Does anyone know I’m here? Am I really making a difference?”

The season of silence is one of the hardest. It forces you to decide if you will work without recognition and still be content. It teaches you humility, which is often a painful lesson to learn. Silent seasons, though distressing, bring some of the deepest fruit.

Be assured that God always sees you, even when it doesn’t seem like it. He sees what others don’t. He knows all the heart and effort you put into your work. God is faithful, and He will be no man’s debtor; if you give of yourself to Him, He will give back to you. Don’t stop serving because you feel unappreciated or underestimated. You may be hidden from people right now, but you’re never hidden from God. He will reward you for your sacrifice.

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