Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “for such a time as this” and wondered where it came from. The saying is from the Biblical book of Esther, and is associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim. Esther 9:21 tells us this festival is to be observed yearly. Each year, we remember that G-d placed Hadassah (Esther) in place to save her people from destruction. She was willing to take the risk and follow what G-d laid on her heart to say and do. The book of Esther says she was born “for such a time as this”.
Last year, my husband, Rabbi Jem, dressed up as “the oldest rabbi of Israel” complete with a long, grey beard, and read the story of Esther. He was a BIG hit with the children.
|Queen Esther aka Amanda|
Like Esther, each year I am reminded that G-d wants to use me, too, and that we are all born for a purpose: G-d’s purpose. Personally, this holiday inspires me to stand up and speak for G-d when He gives me the opportunity.
I had just such an opportunity within a few days after Purim last year, when I met a Jewish man at a local fundraiser. The young man related a story about a horrible wreck he’d recently survived. With a cracking voice and tears in his eyes, he said, “I don’t know why G-d saved me alive. Is it just to work day after day as a truck driver?”
G-d spoke very clearly to me at that moment: Gail, you are here tonight for such a time as this - to tell him that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah.
Trembling, I spoke softly, “I believe G-d saved you alive so that you and I could have this conversation right now. He wants me to tell you that Yeshua is the Messiah.”
“I just can’t believe a holy and mighty G-d could come to earth in human form”, he said sincerely.
“My husband, Rabbi Jem, escaped death miraculously like you, and he asked that same question of G-d: why didn’t I die? That burning question led him to search for G-d, and it led him to accept Yeshua as the Messiah.” As I spoke those last words, we were interrupted and the conversation with him ended.
G-d had me there at just the right time to answer his question. I pray for him, and I believe He will one day find the wonderful peace of knowing Yeshua as his Messiah. Like Esther, I know G-d used me in that man’s life “for such a time as this”.
******This is a repost from a couple of years ago. In 2013, Purim started at sundown on February 23. We'll be celebrating today, and I'll post some pics later today. (Here you go!)
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