To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Such has been our situation over the past couple of weeks. In the middle of our sorrow and grief of losing Carter, we were blessed with a new granddaughter. Julianne Mae Bethune was born July 12, 8 pounds 12 ounces and, of course, she’s beautiful. The three women in this family know how to have beautiful babies; yes that could just be a proud daddy and “papa” speaking but it’s no less true and I offer the following as proof; Kaleigh is shown first, then Carter and Julianne.
When I look at these babies I wonder how they will impact the world. They are here “for such a time as this” just like Esther was when she was queen. At risk to her own life she saved the Jewish nation by speaking to King Xerxes on their behalf. I think Carter has already had a significant impact on many people and I have written previously about that.
But the parents and we grandparents are here too “for such a time as this” and I wonder if we are boldly stepping forward as Esther did or are we holding back? We all have Kingdom work to do and we have been uniquely equipped and designed to do that work. No one else can fill those shoes.
Chuck Colson used to write a daily devotion called Breakpoint and it was available on line. One of his commentaries was entitled “Can Adversity Be a Blessing?: Sovereign Preparation for “A Time Such As This”. The last paragraph said
“Sometimes people wonder why certain things happen to them. Why do we experience this trial or that setback? …I think back on my days in prison – it’s obvious God uses suffering often to do His greatest work. He prepares us for just “such a time as this.”
I believe our joy and our sorrow are preparing us for a time to come and I trust we will be serious about our preparation so we will stand ready to fulfill the task.