by: Staci Landis
I often wonder why I was born during the time I was. I wonder why I am an adult raising our children in 2014. When opportunities or situations come my way, I wonder, why am I the one? Why is this happening? What should I be doing?
These questions almost always bring me to the book of Esther. She was a simple Jewish girl living her life when a decree was issued by the king to search for a beautiful young virgin girl to replace Queen Vashti. She, among many other girls in the land, were brought before the King. Esther was one of the girls chosen to live in the King's palace. It was said that the King loved Esther above all the rest. I imagine Esther went through some of the same thoughts and questions regarding why she was living in the time she was. I imagine she wondered at times why she was in the position she was.
If you are unfamiliar with the story of Esther, the story plays out with a jealous noble to the King named Haman. He deceived and convinced the King to issue a decree to have all of the Jewish people killed because Mordecai would not bow down to Haman. My favorite scene is when Mordecai, who is Esther's uncle, is pleading with Esther to go before the King to help save the Jewish people from this awful decree. When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer:
“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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 4:12-14 (NIV)
The last line in that message is what I am always reminded by when my questions begin: "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” I translate this to my own life as "MAYBE I WAS MADE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS." I was made to live and function in 2014. I was made to raise our three children in 2014. I was made to live in the American culture in 2014. I was made to live in a time when social media and technology have changed the way we live. I was made to live in a time when human and sex trafficking, addiction to pornography, and all sorts of unthinkable abuses are affecting people in grotesque numbers daily. I was made to live in a time when having great material possessions is what most people consider to be a successful life and often times a "higher status". I was made for a time when war and poverty are common all over the world. I was made for a time when politics are raging around the world and laws are changing considerably in our own daily lives.
In all of this, I was also made to live in a time when talk is cheap and people need authentic and genuine examples of grace, love, and faith. I was made for a time when I can use all of these evils in the world to show God's goodness. I was made for a time when I can use technology to connect and create relationships and friendships on the other side of the world. I was made for a time when I can use my platforms in life to encourage, admonish, and love other people. Maybe I was born for such a time as this.
I believe the world is changing extremely fast. I believe the time may be closing in when living as a Christian won't be as safe in America anymore as it is already is in many parts of the world. I believe we have a great responsibility to use all of the avenues in our lives to share the message of hope with a world that needs real and lasting substance, truth and love. I believe we have a responsibility to encourage those in the faith and disciple one another.
We need to stop and look around ourselves and really evaluate where we live, who is around us, and what tools are available to us. We need to trust in who we are made to be and stand on the truth that: MAYBE WE WERE MADE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.