For Such a Time as This: Inspiration on an Overpriced Sign
A dear college friend surprised me a few weekends ago by showing up on my doorstep. Luckily I already had that Monday off work. So at 5:30 in the morning, we hopped in the truck and made the two hour drive to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines' famous Magnolia Market in Waco.
Her visit proved a nice distraction from the question swirling in my mind. Still, it lurked just beneath the surface.
MLC Ahead! Can I Do It?
I've been all too aware lately of the MLCC. (That acronym stands for Major Life Changes Countdown, and yes, I just made it up.) Only a couple weeks till I quit my full-time job and transition to freelance writing from home. Only a couple months till we welcome our first sweet baby into this world.
Can I do it?
It's not like I was dreading these life changes. They were the fulfillment of longtime dreams. Having the flexibility to write from home and pursue other personal and professional goals has been something I've looked forward to since college. And a baby? That's something I've wanted since my husband and I said "I do." Still. The ominous question remained.
Can I do it?
Can I adapt to something other than a 9-5 schedule? Can I find success writing from home? Can I be a good mother? Can I even survive giving birth?!
Inspiration on an Over-Priced Sign
Back to Waco and the Magnolia Market. The Silos are as picturesque as they appear in the magazine photos. The family-friendly atmosphere is as upbeat as Chip and Jo's TV show Fixer Upper. And the market is as crowded with tourists and overpriced home decor items as you would expect.
One such item — I didn't check the price, since the tag on smaller items had already made me wince — was a simple sign with a phrase from Esther 4:14: "Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created."
As I walked past it, my eyes immediately welled up with tears. Go ahead and laugh. I'm an emotional person and pregnancy does me no favors. But something about that verse always gets me.
Made for This
Of course, those familiar with the book of Esther know that her predicament was a little more high stakes than my current situation. The queen weighed her options: stay silent as her entire people got slaughtered, or speak up to the king uninvited, revealing her own Jewish identity and possibly losing her life.
That's when her cousin Mordecai told her:
Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:12-14, ESV)
She chose the second option.
Asking the Wrong Question
Unlike Esther, I do not have the fate of an entire people group resting on my actions. But like Esther, I was placed on earth and given what I've been given for a reason. Small as these MLC may seem in comparison, they're what God has called me to.
I, like you, have been placed by God at this exact moment in history for such a time as this. The question is not whether I can do it, "it" being the things he's called me to. The question is whether I will.
I know that in life, I'll be faced with new Major Life Changes again and again. Sometimes they may be simple. Sometimes, they may be more high stakes. I don't know what's down the road, but I know that God is building the road I walk on. And he's placed me on it for such a time as this.
P.S. We also breakfasted at the Magnolia Table. It was amazing and everyone should eat breakfast there. No one is paying me to say this!