Friday, July 12, 2013

From Scrambled Eggs to God-Forsaken

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:9

Have you ever considered your train of thought...
and wondered how you got to what you are thinking about?

Zach was ready for breakfast, and he and I were discussing his options.
I offered bacon, eggs, biscuits, and gravy,
as one of his choices.

"Yeah, Mama, that sounds good."

"Do you want your eggs scrambled or fried?"
I asked.

"Scrambled will be fine."


For a while, we went on talking, going from first one subject, then on to another.

After a period of time, Zach said,
"Mama, how in the world did we go from talking about what we are having for breakfast
to talking about Jesus feeling like God forsook Him on the cross?"

We laughed,
then back-tracked to each boxcar on our train of thought,
trying to figure out how they all connected and came together
to land us at our current point of thinking.

After we did, it made perfect sense.

"Wouldn't it be neat to draw a train?
With individual box-cars?
We could write titles on the front of them to show the thought subject matter 
each one of them is carrying.
We could connect them all together,
and show how one subject flowed into another
to make us arrive at the caboose, which would represent 
what we are thinking and talking about now."

Zach agreed that it would be a fun project.

It made me think about life
and how we got to where we are today.
How quickly the years have blending into another,
and how they have landed us where we are right now.

Remember the old song, "Light After Darkness", written by Frances R. Havergal?
I especially love these lines in the last verse,
"Right was the pathway, leading to this."

Have you ever stopped to consider that every, single event of your life so far
has led you to the very point you find yourself today?

Little, seemingly-inconsequential happenings.
Big, life-altering changes.
Small, seemingly-unimportant, split-second decisions.
Major, fear-filled steps in the dark.
All of it.
It all accumulates and propels us onward...
in this journey called life.

You are where you are for a Divine purpose.
Whether you find yourself in a comfortable reprieve
or in the middle of a very unfamiliar, foreboding place.

God's hand is upon your life..right down to the finest, most minute detail.

Do you ever contemplate your purpose?

I love the story of Esther in the Bible.
Life's events had landed her in the custody of her Uncle Mordecai.
After the death of her parents,
he had raised her as his own child.
Their relationship was solid and close.
After a period of time,
Esther was forced to leave the comforts of her home with Mordecai,
when she was chosen by King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) to be his queen.
She was not asked if she wanted to go.
Circumstances of life forced her to leave her comfort zone
and take on a role for which she did not ask.

It may have been a mystery to her.
Perhaps she grew homesick and longed for the simple life she had left behind.
At any rate, there came a point in time when her Uncle Mordecai
heard about a plot that was being concocted to completely obliterate
the entire Jewish population.

Mordecai sent word to Esther, telling her that she must appeal to her husband, the king.
Strict laws were in place that prevented anyone, including the queen,
 from approaching the throne,
without prior permission.

Esther knew all too well that in order to talk to King Ahasuerus,
even though he was her husband,
would require her to risk her very life.

What if he didn't want to be bothered?
What if he was having a bad day?
What if he enforced the rule, turning her away,
and ordering her to be killed?

She was faced with a very hard decision.

Mordecai sent word to her, and said,
"...who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

In my words,
"Esther, your entire life has led you to this moment.
Circumstances beyond your control have landed you where you are.
But, it is not without reason.
God has a plan.
And you are in it.
You are where you are....right do what needs to be done.
The choice is up to you."

Esther responded,
"Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan,
and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day:
I also and my maidens will fast likewise;
and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law:
and if I perish, I perish."
Esther 4:16

She had made up her mind.
The sacrifice was not too great.
There was a greater cause...
than her own personal safety,
her own personal convenience.
The lives of thousands depended upon her doing the right thing
in the position God had allowed her to be placed.

Thankfully, when she entered the throne room uninvited,
King Ahasuerus accepted Queen Esther.
He did not cast her out.
He extended the royal, golden scepter to her and promised her she could have anything she asked of him,
all the way up to half of the kingdom.
After she asked her petition and revealed the plot to destroy her people,
the king did what needed to be insure the safety and well-being
of the entire Jewish race, from which one day, our Messiah would descend.

What if Esther would have rebelled?
What if she had sulked and complained about the way her peaceful life had been turned upside down?
What if she had valued her own life above the lives of her people?

She was brought to the kingdom,
"for such a time as this".

So were you.
So was I.

There is work to be done.
It will require courage...
and personal sacrifice...
and a genuine trust in Almighty God
that, right now, we are exactly where we are supposed to be
for a specific reason.

We may not understand why things are the way they are.
Perhaps our carefully-ordered lives have been turned upside down.
Maybe our dreams have been shattered by circumstances beyond our control.

None of it is an accident, my friend.

There is a Divine purpose for your life.
There are things that only you can do....
roles that only you can fill.
Your life matters.

God knew all about what would happen to His chosen people
if He didn't put someone in a position to be able to prevent their demise.
So, He went ahead of the situation,
and He chose Esther to be the vessel 
through which He would work.
It may have gone against what Esther had planned for her own life,
but God had bigger plans.

His plans are always bigger...than yours or mine.

We live in a troubled time.
I don't need to tell you that.
Just turn on the news.
It doesn't take long.

I have never seen our nation so divided,
nor have I, in my lifetime, ever witnessed such disdain for Christianity....
and such disrespect and dishonor for God and righteousness.

It burdens my heart.

God needs you and I to stand strong.
To be willing to rise and be counted for Him.
To state as Joshua did,

Joshua 24:15

We were brought to the Kingdom for such a time as this.
We are modern-day Esthers....
faced with a crucial, life or death choice.
Will we go with the flow,
throw caution to the wind,
and take the path of least resistance?
Will we succumb to a worldly mindset
and refuse to be put out?

Or will we stand in the gap for our people?
Will we choose to enter the throne room, before the King of Heaven,
and earnestly and fervently pray?
For our husbands,
our marriages,
our children,
our homes,
our country,
and the preservation of God's truth?

Will we live a Godly standard, regardless of personal cost?
Will we lay aside plans, desires, personal ambitions, and selfish gain,
for the sake of a greater cause?

What is at stake?

If we drop the ball,
if we choose to go along in order to get along,
if we float downstream, with the rushing tide,
who or what will suffer?

Will our children ever really know Jesus?
Obviously, there aren't too many secular places in our modern world to meet Him,
let alone really get to know Him.
Will future generations every really know what sin is?
If we don't stand up for what is right, who will?

Every event and circumstance in your life has led you to where you are right now...
just like the pattern of thought took Zach and me from scrambled eggs
to Jesus feeling God-forsaken on the cross.
Thinking about it, at first, seemed so odd.
When we traced backwards, in reverse, it all made perfect sense.

Nothing in the life of a child of God is happenstance...
or coincidence.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28
(emphasis added)

Think about your life.
Connect the dots.
All of it happened for a reason....
as a vehicle...
to propel you from where you were to where you are right now.

God has His Own agenda...His Own timetable.
It really doesn't matter how personally-inconvenienced we are 
by His Divine will.
It is just that important.
He has placed us such a time as this.

A time such as this!
Where evil abounds, and souls perish every, single second.
The world needs to see Jesus.
God needs prayer warriors...
who will intercede and stand firm and make Esther's resolve,
"If I perish, I perish."

The choice is clear, my friend.

Will you fast and pray and intercede to God on behalf of your loved ones?
Will you refuse to put yourself first?
Will you stand and be counted...on the side of Godliness and righteousness?
Will you make the sacrifice needed to guide a Godly home?
Will you be a man or woman of virtue and courage?

Will you be a Joshua?
Or an Esther?

Current circumstances may not be what you would have chosen....
had you been given the choice.
You may have been led into this situation against your will.
God knows all about it, and this is what He has chosen...for you....for this time.
Your part of the Kingdom will suffer, 
if you don't step up to the plate.

God needs you.
You were brought to the Kingdom...for such a time as this.

What will your answer be?
God, being the Gentleman that He is, 
is leaving the choice....
up to you.

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