No Moment Hidden or Wasted

The story of Esther and providence.

Mockingbird / 4.25.22

This reflection by Bonnie Poon Zahl originally appeared in Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2:

For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this. (Es 4:14)

We all long for a day when we might be in such positions of power and influence that our actions would have great consequences for God’s kingdom. Yet most of us feel that our lives are so very ordinary, and so very far removed from the kind of extraordinary position that Esther was in.

In this verse we see the critical moment when Esther realizes who she has become: She is someone with power. She has power over the lives of Jewish people living under the rule of the Persian king, to whom she is married. But that moment does not exist in isolation. Before this moment are all the other moments in her past that have led her to that point: moments of grief over losing her parents, of uncertainty and pain from being in exile, of hope and fear from being chosen to live in the palace, of nervousness from having to hide her identity, and of excitement from being crowned the queen. She has come to her royal position for such a time as this because of a long chain of events, choices, actions, and experiences that were part of God’s plan for her and her people.

God uses every moment of our lives to shape us, and he does so for our sake and for the sake of the people around us. The ordinary moments of your life are no less valuable and purposeful to God’s work than Esther’s moment of realizing her immense power and the significance of the choices that she would make. No moment is hidden from God’s sight, and no moment is wasted. Your joys and your sorrows, your moments of faithfulness and of faithlessness, your actions and inactions, are all a part of your prayer: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


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