Friday, December 18, 2009

And then...

"For such a time as this..." Esther 4:14

Esther's "for such a time as this" moment came through the ways of many 'and then' moments. God carved so many intricate details in her story that when the book of Esther is dissected, it is amazing to watch it all unfold with such precision. I am in the middle of a women's Bible study and we are completing Beth Moore's Esther study. I cannot tell you how many times my jaw has dropped open saying "wow"! Everything had to have happened at an exact moment, exact second even, for it all to unfold. But leading up to it all were 'and then' moments....or steps. If you were to take the book of Esther and bullet point all the 'and then' moments it would look like steps of a Honey Do list, with each one being checked off.

Well, as I lay awake once again in the wee hours of the morning this week, I realized all the 'and then' moments God played out just to make this week occur. And I am amazed. He knew what he was doing. Was building up momentum for the culmination of His grace, His love, and His mercy to be poured out on His children.

God placed the right people, in the right situations and moments for this all to unfold. I was just one of the playing pieces doing what He asked of me. And I think of that brave young lady from my previous post and her family (and thankfully they are His children too and have been in prayer about it all with me). . And God used them and placed each of them precisely where He wanted them to save someones life. And with all the 'and then' moments, He created a "for such a time as this" story this week. It brings me to tears to think of all that has had to happen to lead up to this, but I am so thankful that God is in control, and He saved one of His little children at a time where there is still hope for healing.

If ever you wonder why things are happening...it could very well be an 'and then' moment leading up to a very pivotal moment that God has orchestrated. Keep your eye's open for those moments, and don't forget to thank Him for them, no matter how hard they may be. I know I am thanking Him each moment right now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Courage

This week, there are so many at work who are excited for the Christmas break. And yes, I did just call it CHRISTmas Break. And I cannot blame them. I am too. Afterall, I get to escape these negative temperatures (seriously.....30 below is not my idea of fun. I like snow and all, but come on!) and retreat to sunny (cross-my-fingers) California.

But as a counselor, what I am learning is that this is not an exciting time for some. There are kids that don't really have a Christmas; however it's not those that are occupying my mind at this present time. It's those who are afraid of the break because horrible things happen when they spend too much time at home.

I can walk around the school and look into all their precious faces and it's hard to pick those kiddos out. But if you stop and look closely, you can see the fear in their eyes. It's not obvious....but it's there. And it saddens me. That the one place that should be a safe place for them, is not.

And that brings me to my title today: Courage. It amazes me how well kids can keep secrets....especially ones that shouldn't be kept. Which makes this one student so incredibly brave and couragous.

She didn't keep it in.

She spoke up.

When no one else did.

And because she did, she saved another student from a life that makes me sick to my stomach. She took that step and action was then taken to help her friend. And her friend may actually have a fearless Christmas now. The student may now be able to sleep through the night and know that they are safe from harm.

So this Christmas season, please keep this situation and this kiddo in your prayers. Life will be difficult but at least the student is now safe. And give thanks for another who was courageous enough to go against the grain.

And remember....God will win. So don't mess with Him!