Dear God, where are You?
These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants. Esther 9:28
When I was around 4 or 5 years old, my dad took me to the movies. Armed with a large soda and a small bladder, it wasn’t long into the movie before I tugged on my dad’s arm so that he would take me out into the lobby where he would stand in the hall and wait while I went to the ladies’ room. I was a girl who was all about her independence and “I can do it”, but when I exited the restroom a few minutes later with my dad nowhere in sight, I was paralyzed with panic. Where was my dad? Why would he leave me? At that young of an age, I didn’t know much, but I knew I wasn’t supposed to be abandoned and alone.
As it turned out, the bathroom had 2 doors that each exited into a different hall. I had just gone out the wrong one. My equally panicked dad had alerted pretty much everyone within hearing distance. They soon located me, and all was well. He had never abandoned me. He just wasn’t where I expected him to be.
I think Esther was really familiar with this. She lost her parents at a young age, but was adopted by her uncle. After starting a life with him, she was uprooted yet again to go through a year of uncertainty that culminated in a lifetime of uncertainty as the queen of a temperamental King. If anyone had the right to ask, “God, where are you?” it was Esther. This point is further emphasized when you read the book of Esther and realize that God’s name is not in it. It really does beg the question, “Where is God in all of this?”
But as we read through Esther’s story, we quickly realize that God was there all along in places where you wouldn’t expect Him. Through every twist and turn, He was there orchestrating the whole thing for a far great purpose. Esther was not abandoned or forsaken by God – she was chosen by Him to save His people.
After all was said and done, she and her uncle Mordecai issued a decree that the events should be remembered and observed in every generation by every Jewish family forever.
Sometimes during a bad situation, it’s easy to get totally focused on the here and now while asking “God, where are you? Are we in a fight?” It doesn’t take much to forget God’s incredible faithfulness in the past. I’m so thankful that we’re reminded continuously throughout the Bible to set aside time and situations to remember the God we serve who will never leave or forsake us. It’s one reason we share in communion together each week, and it’s part of what will keep us grounded, hopeful and able to persevere when trials come.
I have a special challenge for you this week: Take out a journal, and write down 10 things you’re thankful for each night before you go to bed. Next time you find yourself frustrated, take out that journal and read over the incredible ways God has showed up and showed off in your life. It has a funny way of changing your perspective!
~ Whitney Sewell
Father, Thank you for your persistence. Thank you for working everything out for good and for your glory. Thank you for letting me be a part of what you’re doing, and help me to stay focused on your faithfulness. I love you. Amen
Your turn: Do you set aside time to celebrate what God has done in your life? What do you and your family do together to show remembrance of God’s faithfulness?
Other scriptures to study:
- Matthew 28:20
- Deuteronomy 31:6
- Exodus 14:14
- Psalm 16:8
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26