For Such A Time As This
I have always looked at the story of Esther as some day there will be a “for such a time as this”. When thinking about it lately, I realized that every moment of everyday is a “such a time as this” for us. Every time we make a choice to make a difference for someone in the world, we are following the steps of Esther.
When you bring a meal to someone, or call a sick person, or someone who can’t get out much, you do not know the kind of hope you are giving to him or her, or what kind of light you are spreading. Do you pray for missionaries? Or support them? You are making a difference in the world. Some folks get to do ‘a one significant thing’ in life, but most of us live life in the valley in the ordinary world and sometimes the harder walk is living everyday for ‘such a time as this’.
Are you wondering why difficult or trying circumstances are happening around you? At some point, you may be the one who has the answer for ‘such a time’ that may make a difference in the lives around you. You may never know the affect of your kind word or action this side of Heaven. But in the meantime, just don’t forget who you are, one of God’s own. You don’t have to shout it from the rooftops or rub it in anyone’s face: NO ONE knew Esther was one of God’s chosen people, but she handled herself well in the life she was given. Be wise, don’t compromise where you know you shouldn’t and be ready to give an answer when the time comes.
We don’t know what the future may hold but we do know today and we do know that God encourages us to live ‘in the day’, and we can make a difference in each day. One day at a time. So live everyday in the same spirit as Esther did.
Here is the story of Esther in a nutshell: Esther was a Jewish girl, an orphan and was one of the Jews that were taken into captivity by the Babylonians/Persians. An older cousin, Mordecai, raised her.. To make a long story short, the king held a beauty contest to find his next wife and Mordecai entered Esther in it and she along with several other women in the kingdom were chosen to be groomed for a year before they would be brought before the king, one at a time. The king chose Esther to became Queen. You should read how wise she was in what she did and asked for and how she prepared. Fascination. Anyway the second in command hated Mordecai because he didn’t bow down when Haman was riding by on his chariot and so he decided he would talk the king into slaughtering all the Jews. (Talk about going overboard!!)
When Mordecai found out He said the famous words to Esther: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I, and my attendants, will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” And she was wise in how she approached the King and eventually got a decree where her people could fight back! AWESOME Story!!!