The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. -1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV 

I always wanted to change the world. As a teenager, there were countless times I’d find myself on my knees asking God to use me to make a difference in the lives of people ... a lot of people.

Following college, it seemed like He was answering that prayer. I was traveling, interacting with many “household name” celebrities, and seeing the gospel preached to stadiums of unbelievers. But then
God had other plans—a move, a transition, a stock market crash—and I was serving at the drive-thru of a local coffee shop. That wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I decided to change the world, and God didn’t seem to be explaining.

Many of us experience what I call a “season of silence,” a time when no one seems to see us, when we lead nothing, and when we seem lost in silence. For those with dreams, big or small, a season of silence feels painful and lonely. There are many questions and often many tears. Even when I’ve seen a dream fulfilled, I find there is another hope, desire, or vision yet to become reality. Waiting faithfully amid the silence is difficult. For me, at the time, it was wondering why I was serving lattes. How could I possibly make a difference in that place?

I wonder if David sometimes felt that way when he was tending sheep. Did he have any idea that there were bigger dreams in store for him? Before Samuel prophesied over him, would he have despaired of ever progressing beyond being a lowly shepherd—no less someday becoming king? And as we see in some of David’s psalms, even when he served as king there were many times when he questioned whether he was in the right position.

I’m certain Joseph felt that way in the silence of the pit and the loneliness of the jail cell before his dreams became reality. Both David and Joseph used their seasons of silence to develop their trust in God and, thus, they changed their world. 

The apostle Peter says:
So be content with who you are, and don’t put
 on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you (1 Peter 5:6–7 MSG). 

I now realize the potential we possess to serve God powerfully in any circumstance, whether it be serving coffee or ruling a nation. I serve Him by serving the people around me, regardless of my circumstances. I am convinced that how well we trust God in our seasons of silence will determine the richness of our dreams fulfilled. If we can live carefree before God, we can trust Him to use us to change our world in whatever way He has called us. For me, for a season, it meant one steamy latte at a time. 

Make Your Mark
Especially if you are in a season of silence, look around your workplace and consider why God has placed you there and how you can minister to those around you. Be specific and write down some of the actions you can take to demonstrate Jesus in your circumstance. Pray about them and then do them—you will be amazed at the fruit the Holy Spirit can bring.