Observation: While in exile, an Israelite woman named Esther becomes queen of Persia. Initially, she keeps her Jewish identity a secret from the king. However, her cousin Mordecai (who raised her as his own after her parents died) eventually upsets Haman, the king’s second-in-command. In an effort to get revenge, Haman decides to kill all Jewish people, not simply Mordecai. Mordecai pleads for Queen Esther’s help, and eventually she agrees to face the king to save her people.
Application: I think some people are born with the “right place at the right time” gene. Some call it “luck” and some call it “fate” (and if you’re super spiritual, you call it “God’s provision”), but there are just some people who always seem to be walking on the sidewalk where someone dropped a $20 bill, who receive a random coupon for a free meal in the mail, who win an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation from their company. I love/hate those people. (And by “love/hate,” clearly I mean I’m jealous and I want to be them.)
Esther was certainly in the right place at the right time – she had power and influence at a crucial time in her people’s history. However, to save them, she had to reveal her own hidden identity to a fairly volatile king and risk her own life.
Have you ever noticed that being in the right place at the right time feels a lot like being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Like Esther, we can’t see the end of our stories. We rarely know why we’ve been chosen for this role or to live in that place or to become friends with that person. We simply have to trust that our Creator is weaving a beautiful tapestry that puts us in the places and with the people that God’s calling us to serve.
Look at Mordecai’s warning to Esther in 4:13-14:
“‘Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 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 such a time as this?’”
Esther’s in the right place at the right time – but she can’t possibly know that yet.
The truth is many of us are in the right place at the right time – but we can’t possibly know that yet. Instead, we have to trust in our God, place our faith in his promises, and muster up the courage to do what’s next…because who knows if perhaps we were made a __________ for such a time as this?
Maybe you were made a daughter for such a time as this. Maybe you were made a friend for such a time as this. Maybe you were made a leader for such a time as this. Maybe you were made a parent for such a time as this. Maybe you were made a boss, an employee, a neighbor, a co-worker, a job seeker, a follower, a caretaker for such a time as this.
Esther didn’t know what would happen if she revealed her true identity to the king and made a request for her people on his behalf. She didn’t know if she would live or die. She just knew she didn’t know her whole story yet – but it was worth the risk to find out the ending.
Let’s live for such a time as this. Let’s have the courage to speak up, to keep quiet, to go, to stay, to submit, and to lead for such a time as this.
Who knows if perhaps God made us who we are and put us where we’re at to accomplish a miracle far bigger than we could imagine? We just need the courage to find out.
Prayer: God, I trust I’m in the right place at the right time in your story. I pray for the courage to live for such a time as this. I pray for the ability to write the next chapter of my story word by word, even if I’m not sure how it ends, trusting you to be the ultimate author. Amen.