"If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
In the book of Esther the later part of verse 4:14 states: “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?" This is one of my favorite stories of a woman in the Bible, and I especially love this verse.
Recently, God has been teaching me over and over that the little things count. As both a planner and a big picture girl, I am often one to overlook the day-to-day and speed to envisioning the time in life where I will “have it all together." However, I have realized along the way that I miss out on the small things I am supposed to be learning.
The moments of truth He intended for me to take in get lost in the shuffle because I have my eyes set too far in front of me. I am often fearful of being brave and bold, and when I finally do decide to follow in what I think He wants me to do, the time has already passed. The moment to make the impact is already gone.
I am reminded of this verse in Esther, and how she recognized her moment. She didn’t shrink back in fear, but she was brave and she owned it. Through obedience to God’s call in one small moment, Esther changed history.
I have always been a dreamer, but I want to change that. I want to be a doer. I want to do what I feel Christ is calling me to. Now.
My personal desire today and each day is to be like Esther: to not be scared, but to rise up. I don’t want to rob myself of the full glory God intended for me. To change the world moment by moment, to be confident that Jesus wants to use not just me, but each of us, to make a big difference.
I hope that in the next days, weeks, and months, I am able to slow life down, just a bit, so that I can recognize these moments and take advantage of them. To see personal growth in my own life step by step. My desire, when I look back, is to see that not only did the big moments of my life have Jesus written all over them, but the little ones did too.
Prayer: Jesus, my prayer today is that you would make me, and all women, brave in you and you alone. I pray that you would let us follow you, without fear, into the wonderful places to which you have called us. I pray that you would let us know how to bring utmost glory to you, each and every day.
Suggested Reading: Joshua 1:9