Such A Time As This

Ok, this is not a feminist post, I swear. BUT I have always loved the stories of the heroines in the Bible who, whether they realized it or not, changed the course of history. The men were awesome and mighty and faithful as well, but I think its special that God also used women, and used them in, and out, of  ordinary circumstances for His plan to be fulfilled. He used regular wives and mothers, he used queens and even prostitutes. Every woman He chose had a special role to play in his master plan.

My 2 favorites are Ruth and Esther, but today we are going to talk about Esther. If you don’t know the story, I would encourage you to crack open the Good Book and take a quick read…its screen-worthy drama and worth your time! But a quick synopsis is that Esther was a beautiful Jewish woman that was an orphan and raised up by her cousin Mordecai. She was brought with hundreds of other beautiful girls to appear before the king as he was choosing a wife. Now this king was super powerful, wealthy, and it seems, had a bit of a temper problem – he threw his last wife out and banished her because she didn’t obey his command, and it was widely known that he would kill you if you showed up to see him without his invite. But, out of all of the girls, he chooses Esther to be Queen because she is the most beautiful and charming and he loves her the most. So she becomes Queen of this vast kingdom – now, Esther was Jewish, but had kept that on the DL – in the kingdom, there is an evil man named Haman that has a chip on his shoulder and made a plan to kill all of the Jews. Esther’s cousin uncovered the plot and asked her to tell the king about it to save her people. She prayed over it, fasted for three days, prayed some more, and finally went to the king without an invite, knowing that he could easily have her killed. There is some other stuff that happened in there, but the end result is that the evil man was killed, and her people were saved! All because of her act of faith. Her cousin says something poignant to her, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) – God would have saved them anyway, but her act of faith saved her and her heritage and she is memorialized forever as a brave and faithful servant – she was there for a purpose.

Now you. You have been placed by God in a specific place at a specific time for a specific reason – you get to choose what you do when you’re there, but you are there for a reason. One of my favorite little pithy sayings is “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are now.” Just like Esther, maybe “you have come…for such a time as this”. Maybe you’re thinking that your role is not the glamorous one. Maybe you are struggling to see the significance of what you do in the big picture, whether that be cleaning oatmeal vomit from your carpets, or answering the 320th idiotic question from your out-of-touch boss, or clocking another 9-5 at what seems to be a dead-end job. Maybe you won’t be the one to bring it all home in a blaze of glory, but if you choose to be faithful in the small things each and every time, God’s plan will be fulfilled and YOU will get to be a part of it.

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I think that His plan will come about no matter what we choose to do, but wouldn’t you rather be a part of it, even if it’s a small part that you feel may be insignificant? If you are faithful, He promises crowns of glory in heaven and a “well done” when you get there – I don’t know about you, but I think that is much more amazing to consider than any earthly honors or accolades. If you start to see every moment as significant, you can rise above the drudgery, boredom, or frustration. Its actually kind of a fun game to try to imagine how what you are doing today is going to play out down the road. Maybe your words build someone up to the point they are able to step out in confidence and fulfill their purpose, which changes the world for the better. Maybe your kindness to someone in need sparks them to turn their life around and start a ministry to help others just like them. Maybe your small moment during the day changes the course of history for someone, helping that next step in God’s divine plan come to fruition. Pray to see opportunities. Act in the Spirit, doing the will of God, and trust the results, the end game, and the credit to God. Try to act like what you’re doing matters, and see if you don’t start to see your routine in just a little different light. I’m going to try it! I think I definitely need to remember that as I sometimes start to believe the lies that I am “just” a mom, that I am “just” home with the kids, that I don’t have a career or collect a corporate paycheck, so I am less than others and my contribution to society doesn’t matter….what we do matters, every single bit of it.

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