What am I doing here?  I asked myself this question years ago when I was hired to do a job and was then faced with opposition from the very people who said they would help me.  But the opposition went beyond anything I had ever faced.  The opposition involved unethical behavior.  My choices were to either let it continue and risk damaging my career, or try to stop it and risk losing my job.

Throughout my struggle a dear friend kept reminding me of the story of Esther. Esther was a Jewish maiden who was named queen of Persia.  After foiling a plot to assassinate the king, she courageously saved her people from annihilation.  Perhaps the most well-known verse from this book is when her relative, Mordecai, tries to convince her that she must save her people.  “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

My ‘time such as this,’ according to my friend, was to bring God’s truth to light in the midst of deception and greed.

We all have times when we wonder how we ended up where we are.  I call those times “Esther moments;” when God puts us in a place for “such a time as this.”  And “this” is different for everyone.  It may be as messy as shedding truth on moral misconduct.  Or it may be simply to encourage someone else who is wondering: What am I doing here?   Whatever task you are called to, remember that God always has a purpose and a plan “for just such a time as this”.

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