arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will
perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a
time as this?”
Esther 4:14, NKJV
Esther is the only book in the Bible in which the Name of the Lord is not mentioned once. Yet the story has the fingerprints of God all over it. Many times God is at work in our lives even when it does not seem that way. His Name is plastered all over the marquee.
He leads. He guides. He directs. Sometimes the Lord is more active behind the scenes than openly in front of our faces. His favor is invisibly surrounding us like a shield. (Psalm 5:12) God’s goodness and mercy are secretly following us all the days of our lives. (Psalm 23:6) His blessings are unknowingly pursuing us and gaining ground even when we feel anything but blessed. (Deuteronomy 28:2)
And then – wham! – a moment of clarity. The light comes on for us. Our lives flash before us, not because we are having a near-death experience, but because we are having a near-God experience. You suddenly realize that new friendship was a Kingdom connection. That raise and promotion was a divine placement. When you traded business cards with that other dad at your child’s ballgame it was a heavenly set-up. Mom, when you chatted with the crossing guard in front of the elementary school, it was part of God’s plan.
Now you see it. It is no longer a cliché. God really does love you and He really does have a wonderful plan for your life. He wants to use you in a unique way. Let the words of cousin Mordecai resound in your soul today: “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
QUESTION: What events of the past can you shine God’s light upon? How did those moments of God’s behind-the-scenes grace prepare you for what you are now facing? How can you see God’s plan unfolding in your life today?