For two and a half years, Margaux Sky overworked herself at her Art Café and Bakery restaurant. She did all the cooking, filled all the orders, and did all the cleaning. Yet, she could barely make ends meet. Despite her good cooking and hard work, it seemed like her work was in vain. It wasn’t surprising that she decided to call it quits by selling her café.
On the day she planned to work for the last time, her sister, Mary, ordered some takeout lunch. Mary ordered the lunch for her husband, Tim, who was providing lunch for his boss. Margaux made what she thought were her last batch of curried chicken sandwiches, and added some salad and homemade chocolate fudge cake to the mix. She handed the takeout lunch to her sister, to give to her husband for the lunch meeting he had with his boss.
Later that night, Tim called Margaux to let her know that his boss barely took the first bite of her curried chicken sandwich before she fell in love with it. Tim had told his boss that she should enjoy the sandwich while she could because Margaux, his sister-in-law, would be closing shop the next day. On her way home, Tim’s boss couldn’t get her mind off the palatable sandwich and Margaux.
On the next day, at about 8am in the morning, just one hour before Margaux handed over the reins of her restaurant to a new owner, Margaux got a phone call. It was from her brother-in-law, Tim. He said that his boss was sending her a big check to hire help and stay open for business. Tim had received an email from his boss the night before. His boss told him that, “Anybody this good shouldn’t go out of business.” Tim’s boss was Oprah Winfrey.
Likewise, you might be like Margaux, before her big break. You might be faithful with what you have, maintaining the integrity and excellence of who you are, and diligent at what you do. Yet, it seems like no one notices you. It appears that no one is vying for your affection, soliciting your business, acknowledging your work, or appreciating your efforts. Make no mistake about it; God sees you. God appreciates you. And God will blow your mind.
He is not unjust to see your work and labor of love that you have shown toward Him. Keep being your best. Keep maintaining your integrity. Keep the diligence in your work. No one as good as you are, in your character and your work ethic, should go out of business…so to speak. Not having people fall over themselves to seek you out for your affection or your expertise is just God’s way of preserving you for the right person or investor.
Proverbs 22:29 says that a person who excels and is diligent in their work will not stand before unknown people. Hence the reason why some haven’t valued who you are, what you have, and what you do. The proverb goes on to say that such an individual would stand before kings or people of influence. There is someone of great influence looking for you. Someone who will be captivated by your gift, expertise, virtue or integrity. Someone who would invest in your work or your heart.
If you are a virtuous woman, you might not get a check in the mail, but you will be checked out by a male…the right man for you. If you are a man of valor, your gift will make room for you, either in the establishment of someone of prominence, or in the heart of the right woman for you. Keep being your best. God sees your work. He will reward you publicly for what you’ve been doing privately.