For Such A Time As This
"When God leads you to the edge of a cliff, trust him fully and let go because one of two things will happen. Either he will catch you when you fall or he will teach you how fly."
I think I've got to the point where I realize that God has got to be doing something. I mean don't get me wrong, I still get surprised when God lets things happen in my life hurt or when He pushes me spiritually to a place where it's just Him and I. I don't think that feeling will ever go away. But with every lesson and every conversation, I'm beginning to understand... He's got to be doing something!
I titled this post ‘Metanoia: For Such A Time As This’ because though this isn't a new concept, it's still a lesson I love to keep learning. Before I tell you what's been going on lately, let's get some scripture in here:
“Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s family will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”
- Esther 4:13-14 CSB
I remember the Book of Esther probably more than any book in the Bible. It was the first book I ever read in my first Bible which was filled with beautiful pictures. But though this Bible had many pictures in every book, Esther was the only book in this Bible that had a picture on the very first page. Maybe that is why I was so attracted to Esther? Or maybe it was because it was less than 20 chapters long? Whatever the reason was, I read Esther all the way through and then started from the beginning and reread it until I could tell what each chapter was about.
I was always in awe of Esther when I would read her story. I thought, how amazing is it that a girl who didn’t have much was blessed by God to become a queen and save people?! Esther’s story quickly became a foundation in creating my goal for my life. After reading the Book of Esther so many times, I began to want to become someone that God would bless to become a powerful woman that saves and empowers multiple people. I’m not that little girl anymore but this is a dream that I have not given up on. Sadly. you’ll have to wait for another time for me to continue this story because this isn’t the reason why I’m writing this post.
Actually, this post is about Mordecai. If you have ever been on my blog before, you know I love talking about how I admire those who are honest and don’t hold back from being truthful when the time is right for such things. This is exactly what Mordecai is doing. I may not know all the context or the Hebrew translations but I’m going to put myself in Esther and Mordecai’s shoes. Mordecai is mourning, grieving publicly about the awful news that decree from Haman stating that all the Jews, all of his friends and family members, are going to be slaughtered. I don’t know about you but if I was told that my family, friends, and I only have a couple days to live because we're going to be executed for just being who we are (wait hasn’t this already happened in history…just needed to say that) I would be freaking out too! I would be panicking, crying, and distraught! I’m pretty sure some of us would be more of a mess than Mordecai was.
Then there is Esther, freaking out about why her uncle is acting like an embarrassment. Even when Mordecai tells Esther, she seems to be more afraid of the King and what will happen to her instead of focusing on what was going to be happening people being murdered. Not cool Esther…but then again, I don’t know if I would have been any better in this situation either so I can’t condemn her for this. After Mordecai hears that Esther, his niece, is more afraid for her life than the lives of multiple people, he delivers our famous quote above. He basically tells her, “girl, get it together! If you don’t stand up now and do something seeing that you have some power, when God saves us, which he will, you will be the one acting a fool, not us.”
Mordecai’s words just resonate well with me because, at the end of the day, God will put you and me in positions that we know we don’t deserve. Positions that those who came before us sacrificed for us to have. Yet, will we allow the fear of losing our positions, what is comfortable for us, dictate whether or not we stand up against oppression? Man, I’m really trying to not get political here but guess God is taking it there.
Sometimes, we don’t why God placed us where he did. We may not understand why God would bless us with certain things until it comes a time when he reveals to us why he did what he did. Whether it is your position at work, the education God blessed you with, or even the people God has brought in your life, there s always a reason.
God is the ultimate artist and the creator all that is seen and unseen! He doesn’t do things just because. Trust Him when he leads you to the mountain. Trust Him when he leads you to that cliff your currently on. Trust Him when he tells you to keep walking even if the next step will put you past the cliff. I don’t know why God would be leading you so far off what has already been a difficult journey. I don’t know why God would ask you to keep walking even when you are unsure. But if there is one thing I’ve learned about God, he knows what he’s doing! He'll be there when you take that next step.
“You may fall. But child, you may fly!”
Trust Him, because, at the end of the day, you and I know that God knows what He’s doing more than you and I do. Trust him to either catch you or to teach you how to soar. You’ve got it, listen to Him.
I pray that this blessed you today. Until next time…