I put on my heels this morning, and though they were paired with my favorite flowy, floral… I felt strong.
After a night of tossing and turning, the last thing that pulled me to my feet was strength. But rather a nagging that another day was before me. I mindlessly brewed and poured the strongest cup of coffee I could make and shuffling my feet to my morning plop-spot, I sipped.
“Help me today, Lord.” My soul ached from the mundane.
A few hot brews and a slothy shower later, the sunshine on my drive to work warmed my face like a refreshing smile from the Lord. He reminded me of the purpose before me that day; the purpose that I had felt lacking in the week and morning preceding. My mundane was not a mistake, but a mission.
“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
Just like you and me, Esther was a normal girl with a real life and real purpose. An orphan girl, Esther was forced into a culture not her own, and a marriage beyond her choosing. She became queen of a foreign land and wife to a more than foreign man. Esther’s circumstances looked less than desirable (#amirite). Despite dilemmas, she went on to save the entire Jewish race and honored God with her bold and faith-filled courage.
While Esther was used for a powerful purpose, I’m sure there were many days her calling felt more like a powerful disappointment. I can only imagine that her source of motivation came from looking to the Lord in each unpleasant circumstance, and trusting God is faithful.
Just like Esther, did you know that God designs, appoints, and governs every area of your life? The same Lord who gave the sea its limits and put boundaries in your life knew every day you would walk on earth before you were even formed (Prvb 8:29, Ps 139).
From the color of your hair, your nationality, to your family history, nothing about you was created mindlessly but instead with purpose- appointed and anointed to bring God glory (Eph 2:10).
You have God-given genetics, God-given relationships, God-given talents that were gifted to you. Even the hurt you have encountered, the dishes you do, the conversations of which your day consists are no accident.
We must remind ourselves of this truth to avoid idleness and depression! The enemy wants to disable you from the purpose for which God created you (John 10:10)! Each moment we face, we must offer to God trusting in His plan, in faith of His goodness, and in Hope of His promises.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
So today my mission was in my high-heels. My mission was coffee sipping, work-filled, dishes-doing duty. But tomorrow, who knows? May we look to God in the every moment to fully receive what He holds in store next. Fullness. Goodness.
God has made this day! We chose to rejoice because his purposes are for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose: For Esther, for you, and for me.