I was in the nail salon a few weeks ago. Often times there is a language barrier between me and the nail technician and this time was no different. But, she wanted to talk, and so talk we did.
As the flat screen T.V. played in the background, news reports were being aired of another tragedy in our country involving innocent lives being taken in the name of evil. Just because.
This precious woman kept looking up to my face to talk to me. Oftentimes, she rolled her chair away to take a few seconds to accurately pronunciate what it is she wanted to say. I understood every word.
Her young son had just told her that morning that there was no hope for our country. He was asking her why he should go to school and continue to move forward with life when so much tragedy and fear was gripping those around him.
She assured him that he was safe, gave him a hug, and sent him out to catch his school bus.
She was heartbroken. What mother wants to hear their child tell them that there is no hope? What I discovered while speaking with her was that she was grasping for some hope herself.
“… who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
There is a story told in the Bible about a young woman named Esther. Through circumstances that only God himself could have created, she was placed in a position she never saw herself in. During this particular time of her life, she had the opportunity to voice her opinion to someone of power. An opinion that could cost her her life. She could have chosen to keep her mouth closed. To fade into the background. To leave it to someone else.
But her dear friend Mordecai urged her to speak. He proposed to her that perhaps she had been put into this hard place, at this time, “for such a time as this”.
She boldly spoke. She risked her life for the sake of others.
Her obedience changed the course of history.
Have you ever felt like you were placed in a moment that had a bigger purpose than you had planned?
God has His eye on you. He knew from the beginning of time that you would be here, in this moment. He knew what your address would be today, the hurts and triumphs that brought you to this place and most importantly, the people that would be in your life…even if for a brief moment in time…to offer hope…to offer truth.
“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.”
I was getting a pedicure. Who knew that I would leave there feeling humbled that God would allow me to encourage this sweet lady…that I would have had the opportunity to point someone beyond what is happening in our brief lifetime…to deposit words into her that would continue to work actively even if I never saw her again. To give a smile. A hug. And yes, a big tip.
God has brought us to this place. For this time. With these people. Let’s guard against worrying what others might think of us. Let’s keep our eye on the only One who really matters. What a privilege it is to know that the creator of all things wants to use you and me to bring hope and light to all people!
He is the only one who offers a hope that is everlasting, that surpasses the momentary troubles of this world. So keep your eye out. You never know when or where an opportunity will arise. Where God will place you. Whose heart is hungry for encouragement. Whose soul is longing to be connected with their creator.
When you question your circumstances. When you’re not even paying attention. When things are going good, and when things are going bad. Perhaps it’s not about you…it’s not about us. It could be that we were placed in those moments for a greater purpose…”for such a time as this”.