God’s Gift: Tenacity

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Day 20 of Advent and God’s Gift.

Bible reading: Esther 4:10-17


 image from One Night with the King, 2006, directed by Michael O. Sajbel

Esther is my favorite Old Testament book and this is my favorite passage. . .”For such a time as this.”

God’s plans and thoughts are higher than our own.  We have no way of knowing or understanding what He orchestrates when we are in the thick of it.  But we can have peace–wholeness–knowing that where and when we are can be for His glory in such a time as this.

Esther faced the unknown with this peace, granting her tenacity to address the king and possible death.  She did not deny her Father. And He had her in an environment that would reveal His power.

Thoughts for today:

In your season of waiting, is God asking you to step out in faith to face an uncertainty?

We may not understand why God has us where He does at the moment.  It could be a job, a relationship, a medical condition. But we can be certain that He is granting us the power to glorify Him in this time.

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.