For Such A Time As This (by Joann Rausch)
**Editor's note: Please join me in welcoming my friend Joann to our family of guest bloggers! She is a warm, encouraging soul, and I hope you will glean some encouragement from her words. Also, if you have never read about Esther's amazing life, go open your Bible and read it now! ;) ~ Lauren**
Esther has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible, a true story of women's empowerment through trust in an ever-faithful God. This Bible reference that I love to wear dangling on my wrist is to remind me that there is a purpose to every day for me, even though I may not see it.
It reads: "Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created" (a reference to Esther 4:14b).
All of us have just gone through a trying year with the pandemic and the difficulties associated with it, but I have found myself thanking God more and more for the blessings associated with the trials. Yes, there were many trials and I’m sure many of you may be thinking I’m out of my mind, but my blessing list far outweighed the negative list this past year. Why do I think that is? I’m glad you asked! I think God knew where I was and what I needed in my life. (Duh!)
So what did I get that I so desperately needed? For starters, I got more time spent with Him; more time with my Honeyman; more projects accomplished at home; more time spent thinking of ways to bless others from the confines of our pandemic situation; and more rest time to take care of myself physically and start healing from a long bout of illnesses. Sure, I wish all these things could’ve come about without all the nightmares that befell so many folks, and I wish no one had to get fatally ill, but I’ve developed deeper relationships and become more mindful of the things that are important in life. Things like family, good friends, thoughtfulness, and love; those are the things that matter to me, not which political stance someone takes or how many protests they support (or not).
I, for one, am glad to have been created for such a time as this. I know my decisions every day didn’t impact people, but the days that did are days I won’t soon forget. God always has a plan. Sometimes we just have to wait for it.
Esther 4:14b - "Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (NKJV)