If you are anything like me and probably the rest of the millennial generation it may be easy for you to get a bit, restless. We’re upwardly mobile, ambitious, and we don’t like taking no for an answer. This results in our inability to really to stay in one place or job or even hair color too long.
I constantly find myself anticipating the next new thing, the next move, and the next occurrence that’s going to get me to a place in life where I am satisfied. But I’m learning for sure, to begin to enjoy the journey a whole lot more in two different ways. One, I realize that I am rushing my life by constantly waiting on the next thing. Life starts to go really fast and these days I am looking for ways to slow it down. Two, I’ve stopped looking for anything outside of myself to truly “make” me happy. I decide to be happy and grateful about all that I’ve been given even as I work towards more.
I recently started a reading plan through the She Reads Truth app on the book of Esther in the Bible. I’ve always heard the name Esther, but I really didn’t know her story so I was intrigued and the plan has really been a blessing. Each lesson has been super relevant to my life and that’s what I honestly love about the Bible. It has the answers to everything we experience even to this day.
Without re-telling the whole story, because I think you should read it for yourself as well, Esther was feeling very apprehensive about a task put before her. However, she was told by Mordacai, essentially her father figure this, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). This gave her the confidence she needed to not cower away from the big task, but to take it head on knowing that it probably was her destiny to be at that place, at that time.
This resonated with me so much because I am at a point in my life where I really struggle with my 9 to 5 job. It’s great, flexible, and provides for sure, but I know there is something more for me that I am trying to get to on my off hours. However, this scripture provided so much comfort in knowing that I just may be here at this exact point in time for an important reasoning beyond my own understanding. Maybe there is a life I will affect, important lessons I need for the next phase, or an opportunity to share in light. Whatever it may be, we can’t always be so hasty about why we are, where we are.
We constantly want to push ourselves forward but what if this is exactly where you need to be to get to the next step? God is really, really, really smart. I remind myself of this almost daily when I am working in my own strength instead of soliciting his grace.
Life is full of ebb and flow. We make changes, move to new places, careers, etc. But I have noticed that sometimes I am just ready to move on a little too quickly. And I am thankful that God knows better than I do and that everything continues to work together for my good even when I can’t necessarily see it.
"And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14.
"And we all know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.
Check out the book of Esther for sure and also below is a sermon from Steve Furtick of Elevation Church which in my opinion just reaffirmed my thoughts about this story in Esther.
Have you ever looked back on a moment and thought, that’s exactly what I was there for? Tell me about it in the comments section.