“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther, 4:14)
Funny that I am struck by these words just now when I was originally supposed to be going today with my two girlfriends to the play, Esther, at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA. (before the Coronavirus hit and it was cancelled). That was before. Now we are living in a new day where the entire world is practicing social distancing. Events are cancelled. No hugs, no hand holding, no getting near one another, no leaving the house except in case of emergencies. People are dying in growing numbers because of this rapidly spreading virus. It can be depressing actually and I ask myself what can God possibly desire from us for such a time as this? After all He is all-knowing and all-powerful…this has to be in His Divine Plan. But why?
Well, of course I don’t have the answer to that question, nor do any of us. All we can do is live our lives one day at a time the best we can and hope to learn something from this time, do the next right thing, and be kind and loving the best we can so we can look back weeks, months or maybe even years from now and hopefully say somehow we became slightly better people because of it all.
Meanwhile, being the eternal optimist I am, I would encourage everyone to make the best of these bad times if at all possible. How am I planning to do that during my self-imposed quarantine? Maybe clean out a closet or two (God loves order and cleanliness!), start writing my next book (which I have to admit I’ve been putting off…so I tell myself there is no time like the present and God loves those who take action!), read the Bible more often (God of course loves it when we read His Word!), help others to the best of my abilities (through my book coaching services…just launched a great book DRAFTED by Jordan Oliver if you’re looking for something good to read in times like these!), and be more loving to my spouse with whom I’m “quarantined”! We have no control of course so I believe the best thing we can do through it all is have faith in our leaders as God tells us to do, and of course trust in Him and His divine purpose and plan, even though we can’t see it. “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.’ As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Lord, help me to remain positive, kind and loving during this difficult time; to trust in your thoughts and ways even though I don’t understand them, and to remain faithful for such a time as this.
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