Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see. ~Corrie Ten Boom
As a writer, I have the ability to create the future of the characters I write into my plot. As people, we play a part in a big story that we don’t fully see. We are living, creating, and making history. I can determine everything about who my characters are– their actions, choices, and things they do. But we can only see the choices and decisions we make.
Just think about that quote at the top for a minute. Cornelia Ten Boom, or Corrie as we know her to be, was the daughter of a watchmaker, survivor of the Holocaust, and the refuge of hundreds of Jews.
I have been recently been reading about the life and times of King David, and this morning as I was reading about the battle at Ziklag, David’s time there, and the death of King Saul in 1 Samuel chapters 28-30. Think about it: here is a shepherd king defeating lions, bears, and any other kind of animal in order to protect his flock. Those defeats prepared him to defeat the biggest threat to the flock of Israel, Goliath. So, at the time of Ziklag, we see David trying to defeat the Amalekites in his own way instead of where he was supposed to be and being present when King Saul killed himself.
David, the shepherd king, was prepared to rule over Israel by not only killing Goliath, but also seeing it first hand under Saul. But he wasn’t the only one perfectly prepared in the Bible, Esther was prepared as well.
Esther, as we know, was raised by her uncle in the Jewish law under King Xerxes, and that is as much as we know about her backstory before Xerxes does away with his wife and searches the kingdom for a new bride. This, we know, is how Esther came to know the king. She was taught royalty in the palace. She learned how to rule a kingdom and be on the king’s good graces. What she didn’t know at the time was the pure wickedness of Haman and his unwavering disgust of God’s people. So as the day of destruction drew near, Mordecai counseled her with this:
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 KJV)
Two different people. David a shepherd and Esther an orphan. Both raised differently…raised differently, but perfectly prepared for the role God would have them play.
What are you doing to prepare you for a future only God sees? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments