For Such A Time As This

Dearest Reader,

Lately, how many times have you heard or said, “For such a time as this?”

I doubt Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, knew how famous his words would become when he said them. Before COVID19 and such a time as this, we might’ve glazed over the expression. Mordecai’s words are painted, stickered, or written, on all manner of decorative items.

Today, we find ourselves in such a time as this.

In terms of biblical history, Esther belongs to the period after the Babylonian exile, when Persia had replaced Babylon as the ruling power. (ESV Study Bible)

However, as much as we over-use Mordacai’s words, I believe they carry tremendous meaning for us in this strange and unfamiliar time.

“For such a time as this,” then and now will influence our perspective as we navigate uncharted territory.

“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?” Esther 4:14 

Esther gives purpose to our days and, purpose changes perspective.

Esther’s purpose then is different than our aim for such a time as this. However, there are similarities.

  • Esther was aligned at the right time and place to save her people.
  • We are aligned at this moment to love and serve our people.

Jesus tells us to love one another as he loved us. 

“Love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

Paul, in Galatians 5:13, says:

“But through love serve one another.”

To love one another is to serve one another.

Under our current circumstances, regular life is on hold. With social distancing and sheltering in, how can we love and serve one another? What is the why and how for such a time as this? And, how do love and service come into play?

Let’s find out.

What if our purpose is to reconnect with the people in front of us?

In our connectedness, we’ve become a people disconnected.

What do I mean?

Our attention spans have dropped, we multi-task, mindlessly scroll, binge-watch, and carry on several conversations at the same time. All that, together with our overextended schedules, we have become skimmers. We are a culture of people skimming the surface in every area of our lives. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying we don’t love our people.

However, I believe we have lost the ability to connect deeply. Not only have we lost the ability to communicate on a deeper level with one another, Nor are we connecting deeply with God.

Therefore, for such a time as this, we change our perspective with a new purpose. 

Our circumstances do not change, but our perspective does. We step into these hard days with a new purpose; loving and serving the people in front of us.

Mama’s of littles and bigs, I hear you, it’s not easy. Morning comes early, while bedtime feels like forever away. The purpose is not perfection, but reconnection in your pause.

“For everthing there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Eccleassiastes 3:1

Let’s:

  • Plant and build up.
  • Rest and heal.
  • Weep and laugh.
  • Mourn and dance.
  • Let go of the old and embrace new rhythms.

We are placed right here at this moment in time for such a time as this. Our purpose is to reconnect beyond the disconnect.

Dearest One, let’s make the most of these days. Take the walks, blow the bubbles, make sidewalk art, pluck the dandelions, and watch as they dance across your breath.

While you may feel exiled, it is possible to find joy in surprising ways.

Share the ways you are finding joy in this season.

You can do that in the comments below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word