For such a time as this

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One of my favorite Bible stories is that of Esther.  She is an Old Testament Mary in my heart.  A young girl who is just trying to live her life and follow the laws; she is probably surrounded by chaos, scared, unsure, but she is picked by God to do something extraordinary.

It is in this book of the Bible that we also get the verse that, for me, epitomizes the Christian walk.

Esther 4:14b–“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

When I was younger I often used to imagine that I was born in the wrong era.  It just seemed fun to me when I’d read historical fiction for there to be knights on horses riding in and ladies in waiting; or maybe log cabins and fire places and horse and buggies and wagons and farming.  Of course, I really appreciate indoor plumbing. . .

The point is, God put me in this time.  He knows where I’m supposed to be.  He expects me to be obedient in this time because my influence will affect the next day and the next generation.  Esther saved a people.  Rahab was Boaz’s mother; Boaz was David’s great-grandfather.

I may not see it, but it will happen.

One of my favorite movies of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life. George is blessed with a great gift when he sees what his influence means; he was there for such a times as this.

Clarence reminds us not to throw away our lives.  We have a purpose.  We have a time.

Esther.  We’re all Esther.

We’re here for such a time as this.


A Milly Pause


Usually Seasoned Fiction is a post about Milly and Paper Wrappers. But let’s pause a moment and do something a bit different. I don’t generally go for poetry. It’s not what I find is my strength. That said, I ran across this poem I wrote in 2009 after reading the book of Esther and book about the book of Esther. I thought I’d share it today.

“For Such a Time as This”
For such a time as this
God has put me in this place.
I didn’t know when I awoke
That I could be His tool of grace.
I am just an ordinary me
Nothing special about I
But the fragrance of God
Has poured from my life
For such a time as this.

The moments of my life
Are routine and mundane
I am only one who struggles through this world
My star shines for Him
To risk without gain
To know that all I do is
For such a time as this.

My Lord has permeated each day.
Each breath and each step
Though ordinary it seemed
His plan was so great
Though I could not see
As He placed me His stage
For such a time as this.