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for such a time as this...

The famous words of Mordecai have pierced my soul this morning. The truth of Mordecai's exhoratation to Esther rings loudly within me. We can refuse to walk in obedience to God or hide in fear from our calling, but He will undoubtedly still accomplish His agenda for our lives. As for us, however, we will pass up the fulfillment of our own life-purpose and we, no doubt our family and friends also, will miss a mighty work. Every giant-sized wieght drops into our laps, sometimes all at once, sometimes one at a time...but one thing is for sure, it always comes right on schedule. Our purpose in life will not be fulfilled easily. All of them will require decisions to be made...sometimes they are easy and come naturally, and sometimes they are a fight and feel as if it would kill us to make even one. But as the decisions are made, God does something miraculous and we start to change. The "Who knows?" becomes "I know". The "What ifs" become "Right now". Some of the hardest times in my life were spent on my knees, in total blindness, crying out to God, wondering why on earth I had to go through various things. But somehow, I accepted that my life was part of a greater plan and everything that happened in it was part of His plan to bring me to Him someday, complete and whole. Beth Moore says it perfectly..."I was beaten by a conviction that throbbed relentlessly against my strong self-centeredness. As much as my flesh wanted relief, I knew that when all was said and done, I'd sit on that side of glory having much rather fulfilled my calling than served myself all the way to meaningless. I had to accept that I was not called to an easy life. I was called to a purposeful life." "..we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory." Ephesians 1:11

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