the time is now

I have always been enamored by the biblical story of Esther. If you aren’t familiar with it, here are the cliffnotes:

A young Hebrew girl loses her parents and is raised by her politically active male family member (uncle perhaps?). Meanwhile the reigning queen angers the king and becomes exiled. The king decides to find another wife from within his kingdom, and after some deliberation from him and beauty treatments for her, he settles on young Esther. Enter the evil Haman who works closely with the king. There is no love lost between Haman and Esther’s uncle. As soon as he has the chance, Haman arranges to murder Uncle Mordecai (and all the other Jews because, why not?) Mordecai speaks to his niece and entreats her to go to the king and intercede on behalf of their people. When she hesitates, Mordecai tells her, “If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

I don’t want to totally give away the story for you. But I do want to ask you this. What is God asking you to do right now? Whose name is God whiscrown-1049927_1920.jpgpering in your ear? What is it that is going on in the world around you that is tugging at your heart strings?

We don’t have to have all the answers. Esther surely didn’t. We don’t even have to know what to do first. We just have to take a step in that direction and begin.

Make no mistake. God’s purpose will be done regardless of what you and I do. But just imagine with me for a moment how amazing it will be to play a part in God’s plan? Perhaps you too have come in to the kingdom for such a time as this.

Sweet friend. Lift up your head.
Take a deep breath. Straighten your crown.
And walk boldly into the life to which God has called you.