The Plan

If you follow our Facebook page, you may have seen a beach canvas that I painted for a friend.

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I love the quote that my friend chose for this piece:

“You go nowhere by accident.  Wherever you go, God is sending you.  Wherever you are, God has put you there.  He has a purpose in your being there.  Christ who dwells within you has something He wants to do through you where you are.  Believe this and go in His grace and love and power.” ~Reverend Richard C Halverson, Former Chaplain of the US Senate

What a great reminder!  We can live a life with purpose wherever we are.  It reminds me of Esther, in the Bible.  She is put into an extraordinary position, rising from ordinary to Queen. Haman, works to turn the king against the Jewish people, signing into law the destruction of the people.  Mordecai, encourages Esther to see that God has allowed her to rise to this royal position for this very moment and to go plead with the King for her people.  Easier said then done though!  Even as Queen, Esther could be killed for approaching the King without being invited…and she had not been invited. But Mordecai says,

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ~Esther 4:14

Esther would risk her life to enter the presence of the King because she believed God had brought her to this place, this position, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.  And it’s not just for Esther or the people of the Old Testament times.  It’s for us.  It’s for today.  God has great purpose for His children–whether royalty, the stay at home mama covered in spit up, the car salesman, the pastor, the construction worker, the missionary, the little old lady with 3 cats, or the middle school kid who feels awkward in their own skin.  Use this time where you are, for great purpose.  Who can you love, who can you share with, who can you encourage, who is watching you live with integrity in the hard times.

Where does God have you (and me) …for such a time as this?

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