There is an old childhood song with words to the affect “over the hill and through the woods to grandmothers house we go.” Well, it wasn’t to grandmothers’ house that I so many times drove down a winding narrow roller coaster of a road. It went through the woods and up and done more hills than I wanted to count. I always considered it a pain in the…you know where to drive this road. This former cab driver did not like using the slow gear to drive anywhere. My patience was thin, but it took me to a dear friends house so many years ago. That graceful southern home belonging to my friend is gone. Replaced with a well more “functional” house. The friendship like the house is sadly no more.
One thing I noted about this road was that if you drove on it when the sun was setting. Well, every time you reached the peak of one of those ridiculous hills. The sky opened before your eyes, and you could see the sunset straight ahead. It appeared so close that you felt as if you could become part of its incredible beauty. It was a private time, a special time I felt when God was revealing his incredible work of art. Nobody else at that moment had the opportunity to share that view. I alone was presented with the privilege of nature at her most colorful splendor. That exhilarating moment always left me wanting for more as I anticipated the next top of the hill view. They were special moments that all too quickly were gone as I made the turn into my destination.
I remember remarking to my friend how beautiful it was and how since it was the road to her house, she must have enjoyed it so many nights coming home. She took me totally by surprise by saying “It’s just a sunset, what’s the big deal!”
I think to God, it is a big deal! There will never be another one just like it. Just like there will never be another one of you or me. That makes it a big deal! A one-time event, a one in a zillion unique experience, and being with unique lifetime opportunities. And like the fleeting sunset we are here to gloriously shine as His individual creation. Yet, unlike the beautiful sunset of each day, we are more precious to Him. The sunset has an appointed time to display its splendor and fulfill its purpose. I am no scientist, but I know the colors and design have a meaning for the coming day.
So, I have been seeking the answer to the question I hear in my heart that the Holy Spirit is asking. What has God placed in my heart for each day that I am here? Has the up and down hills of my life distracted or perhaps prevented me from displaying the beauty of my life?
Have I allowed the responsibilities and sometimes the drudgery of everyday life to push it aside? How many times have I been in a hurry to a goal and skipped over the gentle tug nestled in my spirit. How many “for such a time as this” have I not answered the call placed ever so gently into my heart.
We humans tend to think that there is always another day, always another opportunity. In my youth I seemed to have no perception that strength and opportunity would ever run out. Perhaps proving the saying that “youth is wasted on the young.” I think you have to grow old to understand the full impact of that statement. I have lived long enough and attended enough funerals to know that longevity on this earth is not always the end story.
What has God placed in our hearts for such a time as this? Has time and life pulled us away from the path spoken to us for a season. Maybe even this season that you find yourself in?
Perhaps for some of us it has been so long that we have a hard time acknowledging the truth our soul knows. Recognizing the gentle whisper by the Holy Spirit. You know that little nudging inside of us that wants to prompt us to the truth our heart already knows. Maybe like me, you already recognize the path but are timid in your trust of God to fulfill what your heart dares to dream. Maybe, just maybe you are fearful of the personal cost. Leaving your comfort zone is never well, comfortable. Maybe it is standing and perhaps speaking truth in a society that is working diligently to silence the morality of truths purpose. What can be said to encourage you, encourage myself?
Perhaps this moment it is a path that seems to place you alone, apart from “others.” But as God’s child are we ever really alone? As I looked back at the heart calls I put aside and not answered, I was reminded of the story of Esther from the Old Testament. I was seeking some miraculous moment that would rationalize my past choices.
It is the story Jewish tradition has based the celebration of Purim on. The base root of that word is “pur” as to purge. Most of us know the infamous line that Mordecai sent to Queen Esther moving her to into action “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther acted on these words and history was changed. We all are acquainted with our call is in this season. I am convinced it takes faith and boldness to answer those calls placed on our heart by a loving God. Whether it be to stay or go, to speak or to be silent. Maybe a dream to create using a talent left dormant up until now. Perhaps it is to stand for what you know is right when others will fall away. I believe that is Gods never-ending grace for His children. Some choices will only present themselves once. Other opportunities will call us to choose the same principle multiple times. Whatever is your God given path my prayer for all of us is that like Queen Esther when called for “such a time as this” we seek clearly His guidance and answer in confidence and show off our unique beauty to a starving world.
Proverbs 3: 5-7 The Passion Translation,
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions.
With all your heart rely on him to guide you and He will lead you in every decision you make.
Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.
Don’t think that for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.”