Man, do we fight change. This has been the title of this season of life for the past year. I graduated college, got a teaching job, married Justin, moved away from home, had family changes while we were away from home, Justin became Pastor – and many more things in between. I’m sure you all feel this too. We do not like change! Even if it’s a good change, even if it’s something that needs to happen – the transition is difficult. Maybe you’re dealing with your own change. New job, new baby, new home. Maybe it’s not even new to you. Maybe it’s just something you’re still getting used to. Maybe it’s something that you feel like you can’t share with others. I’ve been there also. I’ve felt the weight of having to put on a brave face because you feel like you need to show everybody else that everything is awesome – when really it’s not.
Change is hard to navigate through. Especially when it’s something that pulls you away from everything you know. This is the stuff they don’t prepare you for in college. Maybe this is something I’ll get better with in time, but I don’t know. We are creatures of habit and we like things to happen on our own time. But does that really ever happen? One of my favorite lyrics right now is in a song from Thomas Rhett, “You make your plans and you hear God laughing.” Like, okay God, I hear you. It’s all in his time.
This morning I was reading about Esther who was an incredible woman who went through drastic changes when she was not even looking for them. She became queen of a nation because she won a beauty pageant (that she did not try out for). Then, she ended up saving the Jewish people by informing the King that she herself was Jewish and he should not kill her people. Now let me tell you that just by approaching the King in this fashion could have had her killed. She would not have even been in this position had she not allowed God to use her in this situation. Please read this story in full because you will be amazed at Esther’s faith and humble spirit.
Here is the thing that I want to focus on – God does not wait for us to say “Okay God. I’m ready now. Put me wherever you want me, right now. I’m good to go.” God directs our steps and works for the good of those who love him. Esther was not asking for any of this change, she had no idea and never would have planned this but my goodness look at the impact she made. If you are going through change please hold fast to God. Hold fast to those that encourage and lift you up. I know you all have probably heard this verse before, but I cling to it when I am going through change
“Perhaps you were born for such a time as this” Esther 4:14.
Perhaps you were born to be in this position that you are right now. Embrace it faithfully. Trust that God knows what he’s doing when he puts you in that position. Lean on Him and the people that He has surrounded you with. He hasn’t failed yet, he won’t start now.