3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14
I’ve heard this verse quoted many times, but today as I was meditating on it, it just felt so new. I suddenly felt like I could connect with Esther. She was just a young woman like me, you know, besides the whole Jew living in exile in Persia and winner of the Replacement Queen contest thing (which, on a side note, reminds me a little bit of that The Moon that Embraces the Sun Korean drama).
But when I read this verse, in my head, it sounded like this: “Who knows? Maybe God put you in this place for a reason.”
And how many times have I heard that or wanted to say that to someone else?
And then it made me think, wow, Esther had NO IDEA why she was in the position she was in. She didn’t know going into this mess that she would need to risk her life in order to vouch for her people. She probably didn’t even know why or how the heck she ended up as queen! She was kinda like me… always asking myself “HOW DID I END UP HERE?”
I often feel like people who do really great, powerful things for God are people who are super connected to Him and because they are so close to God they’re “in” on the plan. These are the kind of people who know exactly what God’s saying to them and know what they need to do. But here’s a story of a girl who had no clue where God was leading her and in the end she gets a book of the Bible JUST FOR HER STORY.
It’s really comforting to know that just because I might be clueless about where God is taking me, doesn’t mean that I’m not right where he wants me to be. It doesn’t mean that I can’t make a difference for Him. I just have to keep reminding myself that maybe God put me in this place for a reason.