If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance
and relief for the Jews will arise from some
other place, but you and your relatives will die.
Who knows if perhaps you were made
queen for just such a time as this?”
I can’t count how many times I have posted a blog, commented on Facebook or even tweeted about this one scripture….actually more times than I care to admit.
I have been confused about my ‘such a time as this’. In my mind it hasn’t happened, God is still working on it…putting all the pieces together. I have in my head what my ‘such a time as this’ is, but this morning I realized my idea and God’s idea are different. My idea? Isn’t that kind of like ‘Me’…the one who it isn’t about!
I was reading in Esther (LOVE her) this morning and in Esther 4:14, Mordecai is suggesting that the moment she is in, talking to the King to help save her people, could be her ‘such a time as this’ moment. Mordecai was right, it was her ‘such a time as this’, but it probably wasn’t her last. It was probably one of many, but this is the only one we read about.
This morning I realized that each of us have a ‘such a time as this’ moment; probably more often that we think. I am sure they happen each day, they just don’t come with the heading over them that says ‘Hey Winnie, this is your such a time as this moment’. We need to be aware of every opportunity, because if not, the ‘relief will arise from another place’. We miss the chance to be a blessing to someone.
I have thought what my ‘Esther’ moment would look like; it would be huge, something that involved big (huge and ornate) wide doors opening. I would walk into this great ‘such a time as this’ moment and it would be well attended..…lots of balloons, streamers, food, music…seriously, that is what I’ve thought. I’ve even gone as far as reminding God that I am not getting any younger…He might want to make that moment happen……and soon. Yep, I’ve pretty much planned it out for Him.
However, this morning God revealed the truth to me…or maybe, it was more like I took my eyes off of myself and realized…that right now, I am living in my ‘such a time as this’. I am where He wants me, doing what He has planned. That each and every day I have the chance to be used by Him. Those are the moments that are really ‘such a time as this’ moments. When we stop to help someone who needs us at that moment.
So, no more huge gala dreams for this lady, instead I am going to be content with where God has me and live for each ‘such a time as this’ opportunity He offers me every day.
P.S. Definitely another moment when I need to realize it’s not about me!