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FOR A TIME AS THIS

Sometimes I think about and wonder why I am right here, right where I am right now.

Surely it was intended for me to be somewhere much bigger, much better and much more glamorous than my here-and-now.

I am reminded of the story of Esther in the Bible. She was plucked from obscurity and her comfortable home and taken into the Palace to become the new Queen. Sounds like the total opposite of my story but I get the vibe that Esther was a simple, chill lady who just wanted to live in peace.

I don’t think she intended to be the heroine of the story.

When her uncle, Mordecai told her maybe she was created and put into royalty for a time as this, he was telling her that her story, her life, was linked to something beyond just her. Linked to something beyond her comfort. Linked to something beyond her position and even who she was as a person. And linked her to the wider story.

That just shows how important it is for me to see myself as part of the wider story, as part of God’s move on earth and not as just a single, independent life. As not just insignificant and individual but actually connected to what God is planning to do.

Once I see myself as that, I begin to see myself as God sees me.

In Esther’s case, it was that she was in this high place, this royal palace. Desired and envied by all. And my story may not be the same but I still have to use where I am, right now, as my platform. I need to see it as, I’m here for a reason. I’m here to impact, here to reflect light, reflect God’s light.

Reflect in a way that goes beyond how I feel in the moment or what I think or aspire for myself.

The Word talks about the fact that I may have plans for myself but God has plans bigger and better than I can even think about, imagine or ask for. If I choose to believe that, then I have to wholeheartedly trust God and keep going. And put my all into it.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

Peace&Love.

Paula Melissa xx

Paula Melissa is a digital content creator, portrait photographer and freelance journalist. Since starting a blog in 2012 and graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism Studies with Employment Experience degree in 2019, Paula has gone on to create and grow her own dynamic digital media empire. She loves reading, eating and spending time with her dog, Rolfie.
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