I love the story of Esther. It’s a great reminder that God has a plan for every life. There are no coincidences, no chance meetings. Esther didn’t just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes I think we take for granted the way our lives move forward. We see changes in our direction, we see our lives heading away from the course we expected but we focus so much on being disappointed in the changes or trying to adapt to what we don’t want, that we forget to seek God on what His plan is. We might be positioned like Esther, in a unique place for an important, life-changing purpose but we may not have a Mordecai to point it out to us and we miss it. When we moved to Iowa from Ohio it was the last thing I ever expected but now, almost ten years later, I can see that it was exactly the right decision. What if I had resisted, or tried to figure out a different path on my own? What would my life look like today?
Now, when life sends me into unexpected paths I try to remember to ask God to show me His plan and then cooperate with Him. The world would say” go with the flow.” I would rather go with the Holy Spirit, thank you!
Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?