No one chose it! — this socially distanced, stressful pandemic reality. Yet we are rather stuck with its many impacts. Some are just trying to make ends meet or coping with the daily anxiety of health and economic threats. Others are thriving in the change. But all are affected. We are scattered from one another and what used to be “normal,” and now must imagine what a new normal will be.
In our “Gathered & Scattered” series of messages we examine Old Testament stories of exiled people, those who are taken from one reality into a new one they have not chosen. Each of these heroes come to a point of decision. God has prepared them for an unexpected challenge. In fact, even though they have not chosen this path, God is present in it and can give them extraordinary purpose in “such a time as this.”
Queen Esther, an orphaned teen girl, gives us an example of how one inexperienced but faithful servant of the Lord courageously steps into her moment and saves her people, the Israelites who are exiled in a foreign land.
“...And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
How did she use her time in the King’s court to make a difference? She was prepared for her big moment through simple means, a continuing pattern of growing in godly character and wisdom.
How are you using your Covid exile? What good has come of it within you? Has this season grown or eroded your character? How is your prayer life? Do you notice that your faith is stronger or weaker? More important, what outcome would you like to see within yourself? There’s still time! God continues to prepare you for what is next. This is why we regularly ask ourselves What is God saying and what are you going to do about it? You didn’t choose this situation but you are not stuck. You have the power of the Holy Spirit to transform you.
I encourage you to read and be captivated by Esther’s story this week. Then ask God for the help you need so that you are made ready for such a time as this.