I never intended to put this blog on hold. I was just busy LEAPing (2019 Word-of-the-Year) from one good thing to another for more than a year.
Funny how the Coronavirus stopped all of that in an instant.
One day we were out in the world—working, playing, shopping, visiting—doing all of the things we’ve always done and taken for granted; the next, life as we knew it screeched to a halt. A spreading pandemic. Empty store shelves. Airports jammed with people trying to get home. The stock market crash. Schools and businesses closing. Newsfeeds 24/7 prompting fear and a toilet paper crisis.
Yet in all the noise, something else is going on. Something that causes us to get quiet and to hone in on what’s really important. For me, that happens each morning during my “quiet time with God.” Here’s what that looked like today:
Esther 4:13-14: “Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “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 just such a time as this?”
“For such a time as this.” Esther’s cousin and adoptive father, Mordecai, was giving her the wake-up call that COVID-19 has given us. Mordecai issued a challenge—the same challenge that we are facing today: to wake up, speak out, and to set our own interests aside for the larger good. Because who knows if perhaps we were made “for such a time as this?”
Each one of us has a role to fill. God has blessed us with specific skills, personalities, gifts and resources, but He’s left it up to us as to how we’ll use them.
Make no mistake: God doesn’t need our help. But what a privilege to be invited into His plan—to be a light in such a dark time!
Father, this is a scary time, even for those of us with faith. Yet I know that You’ve got control of it all, and I thank You for the peace that knowledge gives me. I know You will use this time of fear and isolation to bring people closer to You. I pray that You will heal our world, bringing comfort to those who’ve lost loved ones and calm to those who are panicking right now.
Thank You for guiding me into how to best use all that You’ve given me to shine Your light during this time. Please help me put Your will above my own often self-indulgent mindset. Make me strong and courageous, joyfully living out the calling You’ve laid on my heart “for such a time as this.” Amen.
How about you?
What’s on your heart these days?
One way to begin answering that question–and perhaps figuring out how to best use your own gifts “for such a time as this”–is to fill in the blanks of this sentence starter:
“I want to be remembered as a….”
I know this is a hard assignment right now. But I hope you’ll share your response in the comment box below: