For a time such as this…

Screenshot 2014-12-18 10.50.26Are you familiar with the story of Esther?  She was a Jewish queen during a time of Jewish persecution.  Her position in the palace ultimately saved many Jews from certain death…but it was not without angst, fear, struggle, and uncertainty for her own life.  The very first time I read Esther and came across verse 14 I was blown away.  It was during a time where I was struggling with my station in life…where my family was at the time, my job, and my other obligations:

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?”

And the verse struck a strong chord…and I heard God say “You are right where I need you…embrace it, excel at it, flourish, be the best you can be.”

How many times do we look ahead to the future, or over the fence wishing our life was different? Better? More organized (well…that one sorta feels legit lol)?  Past a certain season? Different co-workers…heck, a different job, career?

Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

This is your life…today, right now.  No guarantees of a tomorrow…not even later today.  Ann Voskamp writes in The Greatest Gift “You’ve got to use the life you’ve been given to give life to another’s life…you’ve got gifts that were given to be a lifeline to others…”

You are right where you need to be…with gifts to give others…be grateful but more importantly…be generous and pour out your life to others…for such a time as this.

Happy advent – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.