Our culture puts such a high priority and importance on what we do with our lives. We push our 16 and 17 year olds to choose a college to go to and to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives, ya know, because they are so reliable for other decisions (have you seen what they are wearing?!), so lets pressure them to figure out their future. But it doesn’t stop there. You graduate college and you’re expected to find the dream job, and start building your career. So when I became a stay at home mom at 23, it wasn’t exactly like I was shouting it from the rooftops. Women are suppose to shatter glass ceilings, and yet, I’m over here like we’re back in the 50s doing laundry, cleaning, shuffling kids around and making dinner by 5 every night. Feeling inadequate and unimportant have dominated my life more than I would like to admit.
But, the older I get the more I realize that each season, each path I’ve walked, good and bad, was meant for a reason. Getting married at 22, having a baby at 23, losing my dad by 24, being a SAHM of three by 28. It was all done because that is exactly where God wanted me to be. Each season we walk through is perfectly mapped out by God. The hard part is remembering that even in the valleys, and in the seasons when it seems like it just continues to pour, that God is still good, and that we can trust in Him.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Esther. Esther is a Jewish girl living in Persia who is chosen to become queen, basically based off her looks. While she is queen the king is deceived into issuing a decree that will allow the Jewish race to be destroyed. Esther’s uncle tells her of this, and says she must approach the king and get him to stop this, telling her “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). The book of Esther doesn’t mention God’s name once, but His name is written all over the story. It wasn’t by chance that Esther was chosen to be queen. She was MADE for it. God made her for the exact purpose she was living. In the end, after Esther approaches the king, he issues new decree, one that ends up saving the Jews from destruction.
I want you to remember this today: you were chosen for this. You were chosen for this exact moment, for this season, to go walk through what is in front of you, because God’s plans are so much better than our own. Trust in Him. Trust His plans.
Because my dear, you were chosen for this.
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