Currently at church we are studying the book of Esther. Esther has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible, which is ironic because God is never specifically mentioned in the entire book. While God is never mentioned, once you take a closer look, His presence is mightily revealed.

There have been so many times in my life when God feels distant; when prayers go unanswered, plans don’t go my way, uncertainty sets in and all I need is a sign from the Lord. I have grown up in the church my entire life and this has always been a concept that is difficult for me to grasp. I am a face to face, “let’s Facetime instead of text”, and long- distance hating kind of gal. When I first became a Christian, this was a hurdle I had to jump over and still struggle with sometimes today; praying and worshipping my Savior who I have yet to see face to face. Oh my goodness, I long for that day!

 As we have been studying Esther, it hit me. God only feels distant because He is not fulfilling my plans the way I believe certain things should play out in my life. I only feel distant when an expectation of mine is unmet. In Esther, God’s hand is in control the entire time. As Esther approached the King without an invitation, that would normally would have caused a death sentence, He invites her in and listens to her. When queen Vashti refused the King, Esther was chosen as the new queen. If this had never occurred, Esther would not have been able to use her power to save the Jews from being killed. 

-       When you did not get the job you had been praying about and wanted so badly and did not get, God’s hand was in it.

-       When an unexpected tragedy occurs, God’s hand is in it.

-       Whenever God closes doors, He will open new ones.

-       When plans do not go your way, God has a better one.

God is directing our lives. He may be behind the scenes, but His hand is at work in all aspects. May we stop looking for the way that we believe God should handle situations in our lives and start looking for God’s power in all parts of our lives. God makes beautiful things out of the dust. He walks before us, beside us, and behind us.

Lauren // @laurenmouchette

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