Lynette Johnson

Over 520 million people are globally affected by Covid-19. Over 12 million people have been displaced due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and over 20 million people in Sri Lanka are facing a national emergency. The statistical numbers are staggering, but what can I do?

King Ahasuerus issued a decree to annihilate Jews, men, women and children in Persia. When Mordecai, Queen Esther’s uncle, heard of this devastating news, he sent word to Esther, imploring her to intervene with the King. But what can one woman do? She would be risking her life, for no one could meet the King without his permission.

Mordecai’s response was, “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b)

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. God created the world at the beginning of time, which means God is beyond time. He is the author of time. Since God is the author of time, we find meaning and significance in time. In his book Carpe Diem Redeemed, Os Guinness writes, “Time and history have meaning. Under the twin truths of God’s sovereignty and human significance, time and history are going somewhere, and each of us are not only unique and significant in ourselves, but we have a unique and significant part to play in our lives, in our generation, and therefore in the overall sweep of history.”

We may feel insignificant among the overwhelming numbers, but we have a unique role to play in this time of history. Our life is valuable, and our contribution to God’s great plan in this time is significant. It took one Mother Teresa in her time to rescue thousands of people in Kolkata. In her time of history, it took one Amy Carmichael to help over thousand orphans in Dohnavur. It took one Queen Esther to save her people. What can you and I do today?

God has chosen you and me for such a time as this. 

Initially published in The Tree of Life, The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, April-June 2022 Issue.

What can you do today? Please leave your reply in the Comments Section below.

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