Every weekend, CFC fills her walls with people from many different walks of life: single moms, high-schoolers, empty-nesters, athletes, musicians, academics, couples, singles, businessmen & women, doctors, teachers, parents, children, young, less young, and many others.
Each is on a different journey with the Lord. Each person is in a different place in life in his or her trek. As we all know, the smooth trip gets (excuse the pun) “tripped up.” Our trail turns, as quickly as switching 2 letters, into a trial. Many times we’re tempted to hunker down alone and save ourselves.
The story of Esther comes to mind when I think about facing difficult times. She was a Jewish orphan exiled to Persia , raised by her older cousin Mordecai – not ideal. But she also happened to be drop-dead gorgeous. After winning the national beauty contest her prize was she became queen of the most powerful nation around. Life was good except her husband, the king, had a very strict rule: if anyone, even the Queen, burst into his presence without being summoned, then the death penalty could be executed immediately, if the King so desired.
Evil people (seems like they are always messing up the journey) hatched a plan to trick the King in killing all the Jews in the land. Esther’s path is about to get life-threatening - as in, one wrong step, and she falls off the cliff. When cousin Mordecai tells her of this plan to wipe out all of the Jews, her people, she is distraught. But, alas, she tells Mordecai that she has to wait to be summoned by the King or she could die.
Mordecai's response to Esther is full of truth.
"Do not imagine that you in the king's palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" Esther 4:13-14
Esther perceives that God had placed her on this perilous precipice for a purpose. She acts on a prayer-bathed, risky but wise plan. She does go to see the king unbidden, and because she finds favor in his sight, he does not kill her. The plan succeeds, the Jews are saved, and the bad guys get it in the end – my kind of story!
Maybe Esther’s putting herself on the line for others is more significant because I watched a number of volunteers step up to provide a successful, fun, Jesus-centered VBS.
Or certainly the Headings Clan hiking the Grand Canyon with patriarch, Bob, who is paralyzed from the waist down is such a clear picture of the struggle and joy in the journey. By the way, please invite others to our June 28th Sunday Service to see the film and hear the story of "Faith, Love & Family" which has been featured on the Today Show and the Columbus Dispatch. Here is the short trailer to their video.
Thank you for taking the unselfish risks to help others navigate their walk with Jesus! Remember that wherever you are, and whatever you are in the middle of, God can use you. Allow Him to do so.