April 01, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Sarah Winter

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” Esther 4:14

A dear friend gave me a hand lettered print of this verse years ago and it sits on a table in our family room to this day. I see it every morning as a reminder of the beautiful night that I received it and as words of God’s blessing over me and my family as we walk into each day. “Perhaps the is the moment for which you have been created.”

In Scripture, this message was given to Esther by her cousin Mordecai at a pivotal moment in her life. Esther was brought to King Xerxes after he banished the previous queen for not following his wishes and orders. Esther was a Jewish orphan, raised by her cousin who later took up residence sitting outside of the king’s gate after Esther was made a part of the king’s harem. Though he couldn’t get past the gates, he had an overwhelming need to be in connection with his beloved cousin, to always be there when she needed him. Mordecai had instructed Esther to hide her Jewish origin for her own protection, however when Esther overheard a plot by the king’s highest advisor to kill the Jewish population she had a decision to make. Would she speak up, possibly at her own peril, to save her Jewish brothers and sisters by approaching the king and using her power over him to stop the upcoming massacre or, would she stay quiet and maintain her comfortable, safe life at the top of the king’s harem at the expense of hundreds of Jewish lives?

Esther sends a message to her trusted and beloved guardian Mordecai telling him that if she were to approach the king to discuss the plot to kill the Jews without herself being summoned “the king has but one law: that [she] be put to death” (Esther 4:11). Mordecai sends back a response telling Esther to be brave as “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created”. Upon hearing these words, and with faith in her Creator, Esther chooses to approach King Xerxes to tell him what she has overheard and ultimately save the Jewish population from decimation.

Esther’s moment was one of extreme levity, the type that not many of us wake up to and face in the morning. But every day we too have moments…. Moments that we can choose to live with integrity and to love, support and serve those around us. Holy Spirit is always in us, whispering into our souls with a nudge and knowing wink, “perhaps this is the moment for which you were created.”

You, friend, are beautifully and uniquely made, with gifts that God chose especially for you to share with the world. The moments most of us encounter on a daily basis are not ones involving saving an entire population as Esther’s was, however they are equally as important in the eyes of God. Our moments are opportunities to be God’s hands and feet in creation, spreading His Word through our actions and our love.

In this time of uncertainty and social distancing, these moments become even more important. The moments that we are able to pray for one another, use our gifts to make cards of encouragement, masks for hospitals, reach out to our community through text, phone calls or zoom or just share a friendly smile and “hello” with a person that we encounter while taking a walk.

These times can be lonely and full of fear, but we must remember that just like Mordecai, God has taken up residence close to us, within us, waiting for us to communicate with Him. When we call to Him in times of uncertainty, when we are looking for strength, He says to us “My child – this is the moment for which you were created.”

May these words live in your heart and echo in your soul each day as we live our moments as disciples and children of God.