I’m not entirely sure how I ended up reading in Esther that night. I had sternly lectured myself, before going to church, that this was going to be the night I paid full attention to what was being taught. No daydreaming. No journaling. No sneaking glances at my phone to check my work email or Facebook. I was going to p.a.y. a.t.t.e.n.t.i.o.n.
And then somehow I ended up in Esther when the group reading was clearly in Psalms.
But this time it wasn’t daydreaming or lack of focus on my part. I felt directed to that tiny book with an important message.
I went straight to the heart of the story, where Esther’s uncle gave her the advice that changed her life: “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 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?”
God’s work gets done. If He needs something to be accomplished, it will be accomplished. Make no mistake about it. But what happens if He’s picked YOU to accomplish it and you keep silent? It’ll still get done. But He will raise up another ambassador and then…well…at worst you’ll pay a significant consequence and at best, you’ll miss a significant blessing.
I knew, as I read over those words, that God was calling me to something specific. He has me planted, unmistakably, in a precise location in one area of my life. It’s not an easy place to be, but He’s equipped me and placed me there.
Being bold isn’t my thing. Running and hiding is very much my thing. It sounds so safe and comfortable to do just that. It spares me the discomfort of ruffling feathers. It spares me the fear of enduring the spoken opinions of others. It spares me the consequences of hearing backlash that might hurt. Yes. Maybe I’ll just stay quiet and see what happens.
I should not think that in that place, I will escape the circumstances any more than anyone else caught up with me. If I keep silent at this time, God will unmistakably raise up relief and deliverance from another place…but what of me?
I don’t know.
And I don’t think I want to risk knowing.
And who knows whether I have been placed there for such a time as this?
And who knows whether you have been placed where you are for such a time as this?
Bekah Shaffer wears many hats throughout the day, serving as a wife, writer, blogger, radio producer, and commuter. But under the hats, she's a redeemed and restored daughter of the Most High King. She loves life with her husband, after waiting 34 years to be married, and she loves to scrapbook, cook, make memories and point others toward the Lord!
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