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Find Your Place in God's Story

Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose.

As the plot reaches this peak, Mordecai confronts her with the choice that she can remain isolated in her own story or enter into the much bigger story that is taking place around her. In the midst of her decision, she is jolted by her cousin’s words: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4.14).

As she is pulled back from the microscope view of her story, Esther suddenly sees her life in a much broader context. She realizes that her decision about how she will move forward carries more weight than she thought. Esther stands at the same crossroads where all of us stand: to either see her life as her own, to do what she wants, or to see her life as part of God’s story, given to her to touch and affect other lives. In Esther’s choice, we see a choice that faces us.

Reading on in Jewish history, we see the fruit of her response. She risks her life for the sake of her people, and they are unknowingly saved by her brave act. A Jewish feast called Purim, commemorating the protection and deliverance of the Jews, is still celebrated today, in part because of the courage of this young Jewish queen.

The higher view lens reveals that our stories are given to us for a purpose much bigger than ourselves. But living our part requires great courage when we face chapters of fear and loss. The chapters we would not choose pose the greatest challenge to our trust.

Trust the Writer of Your Story

When life is good, it’s easy to trust the Writer. We grab hold of our script and embrace our current scene. We may hear vague warnings in Scripture to not hold too tightly, that things will change, that we are being prepared for something more, but for one joyous moment we nestle into our happiness. And then the page turns in our script.

The good news is, in difficulty the page also turns, because pages are continually turning as we live our lives. Our challenge is that we don’t know from one scene to the next how our story will evolve. But if we trust our Writer, we know the ending is in his hands. God is preparing us for a story much bigger than the one we will live on this earth.

When you look back, you can see some things that appeared to be blessings became great challenges. Relationships are decisions that seemed right at the time are now viewed through a more informed lens. But what is more surprising is that some things you viewed as losses now bring you gratitude. Even endings that brought devastation may have become tempered by seeing the fruit they bore. With the higher view lens, we can step back and realize things are happening through our circumstances that we one day will benefit from.

July27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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