Welcome back to Word Wednesday! It’s week 17 of the challenge. How’s it going out there? If you want to join in, feel free to comment below or to blog at your own site and leave a link for us. Can’t wait to dive into the book of Esther. It’s one of my favorites in the Bible. So much happens, and God shows Himself mightily… even though He is never mentioned by name in the book. Still, I think I have to go with one of Esther’s most well-known verses as my favorite:
Esther 4:14b (NIV)–And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
My birthday was Monday. And so was the ninth anniversary of God’s deliverance in my life. No more fear!!! The year He worked that miracle and healed me from a battle with agoraphobia and panic disorder, the school where I taught chose this as our theme verse. It was so true for me in that year. Had it not been for that school and those teachers and the Bible study I was led to there… I wonder how God would have chosen to deliver me? He definitely had me there “for such a time as this.”
I lean on this verse a lot. Sometimes I don’t want to move again. (Fourteen years of marriage… Nine state-to-state moves… Eleven different houses… And counting.) Sometimes I don’t want to change jobs again. Find a new church again. Make new friends. Again and again and again. But this verse reminds me that God sends us where He wants us to go, and the important thing is looking around to see what He asks of us while we’re there. Sometimes it’s to rest. Sometimes it’s to dive in over our heads in service. Sometimes it’s trials, blessings, lessons, growth… Sometimes someone helps us, and sometimes we get to help somebody. But always, the key is to know that we are where we are because God has put us in a specific place at a specific time for a specific reason.
It’s not just major life moves. Are you in the line at the grocery store just in time to chat with the lady who thinks no one can see her pain? At the library just in time to hold the door for the woman struggling with a baby on her hip and one in a stroller? This life isn’t arbitrary, folks. God doesn’t do things without a reason. What’s the reason? To quote the unstoppable Ferris Bueller, “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”