“For Such a Time as This”
Do we ever take a moment to realize that we each have been chosen for such a time as this? See, God put breath in our lungs to live right here, right now.
This phrasing “such a time as this” comes from the book of Esther. It’s a reference to Esther, a Jew, who became queen for an empire that stretched from India to Ethiopia and across 127 provinces. She had won favor from the king and next thing she new, she had found herself in a place of enormous influence. She was chosen for this role “for such a time as this” to speak on behalf of her people, the Jews, and save them from slaughter.
I’m in a much less threatening position than Esther was. Yet I need to be reminded that I have been brought to this appointed time, city, and peoples. Mainly because I forget to ask myself what I’m doing here. I pass up opportunities all the time from simply floating and going through the motions. I don’t want to do that. I’d prefer to look back on my life years later and see how many risks I took before finding success than avoiding the chances altogether. We only have THIS life.
Life at the moment consists of lots of repetitive tasks. A daily cup of coffee (or two), a forty-hour work week, a monthly rent, and so on. But don’t you see that they are all based on time? However, what if we are talking more about spacial time than linear? What if “For such a time as this” was talking about fitting time? Fitting time in Greek is the word “chairos.” I believe it incapsulates this phrase perfectly. Like what if you were meant for your day job? Think about it. Like as if no one else had the appointed time to fill your role at your work place. Kind of rad—you’re uniqueness bleeds through.
If you haven’t read through the book of Esther, I highly advise it. Something to notice in this particular book is that it never mentions God once. Controversial, maybe. But it was intended to show that God’s hand was in every detail, even if the author didn’t insert His name. I absolutely love that. It is representative of the life I hope to live out. Of course, I will express God in everything I set my mind to. But I don’t always think or have a chance to mention His name. Rather, it is in the moments I can’t, that I hope His name is imbedded in the very heart of my handiwork. I want it to be that obvious to start and end with Jesus.
And so, this is my time and this is our time. Beauty starts with us if we choose it. I hope you are left encouraged to take charge of your life. Don’t waste this time with unnecessarily splendor. Strive for more in this season. Posture yourself for the greater calling for your life, my dear friend.