As a stay at home mom who has a home business, I don’t get out much. Especially during cold and flu season with a newborn. On top of that, add the additional challenge that I’m an extravert, and in The Five Love Languages, I am off-the-charts “words of affirmation.”
Mark Twain said, “I can live two months on a good compliment.” That is absolutely true for me.
So when my interactions with others are limited and I encounter a negative comment, it can bring me down quickly…especially if it’s one that’s not rooted in truth.
Recently, I was nursing Cole, which is one of my main times of day that I pray. (I become a much better prayer warrior when I’m breastfeeding!) I was mulling over a situation in my heart when God reminded me of Psalm 61:2:
“From the end of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
So at 3am, I went to “the rock” and had some sweet time with Jesus. During our time together, He whispered this verse in my ear:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then, your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6
How wonderful is our God that He knows the fruits in our lives that aren’t on display – the things that don’t get attention or applause?
Stay at home mom who selflessly cares for your kids 24/7, He sees you.
Business man who witnesses to colleagues at work, He sees you.
Friend who always has an encouraging word, He sees you.
He gave me this sweet image. I was alone with God and opening a treasure box with my name written on it. So simple, but gave me such a calming peace in my heart.
Isn’t it kind of sweet to think that you have a few secrets with the God who created the universe?
Many of the things you do for the name of Christ may go largely unnoticed by the world. But that is your least important audience.
Remember – God sees everything, He is the only audience that matters, & will reward you greater than anyone in this world can.
So in difficult seasons, friends, remember the words of the apostle Paul:
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).