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‘What to say, what to say, what to say…..umm. Hi God. It’s me. Right, You knew that.Uh, how are you?’
No, that’s ridiculous, He’s in heaven, obviously, things are great.
‘Ok, scratch that. Ok, umm, so as you can tell, things are pretty crazy down here and I know I need your help, but I don’t know what to ask for. Last time I asked for patience, you gave me that co-worker who drove me crazy, so clearly, I don’t know what I’m doing. So, if you could just, you know, do your thing, that’d be great. Thanks, bye.’
Ever feel like your prayer life sounds a little more like this than the King James version you play in your head? Or maybe it did sound like that, so you just stopped? You’d open your mouth and absolutely nothing would come out. Your mind going a million miles a minute over every need the world has, like that story you read about with the village in Djibouti that doesn’t have clean drinking water, and then the complete selfishness you feel with even considering to ask about needing a pair of shoes.
And what do you say? What can you offer the Lord of hosts about a well in Djibouti? You don’t even know what continent it’s on?! The world’s needs are too big, too much, and too scary. Only God really knows what’s needed, right? Why would He care if little ol’ you prayed? Surely, someone else from church has the water needs of Djibouti on their prayer card. It’ll be fine.
But, what if it’s not. What if, in her country’s time of need, Esther said, "sorry, God, it’s too big, too much, too scary." Put it on someone else’s prayer card. Someone who knows the word better than me. Someone who knows how to solve these kinds of problems. How different would our world be? But do you know something kind of awesome?
She did question what God was asking her to do. And God, in His faithfulness, spoke through her cousin, to ignite life into her purpose. "Who know if perhaps you were made queen for just a time as this" Esther 4:14
That simple question spurred something in young Esther--that even if none of her circumstances changed, even if she still felt small, even though the task still felt impossible, she could pray and let God give her the rest of what was needed.
You know, the difference between us and Esther isn’t all that much. Sure, she was from a different country, different time period, and the entire weight of her people’s existence was in her hands. But, at the end of the day, she was just a woman with a big God who said yes, I’ll partner with you. She didn’t have all the answers, but she had the One who carries them all. Dear friend, what if you were brought here for such a time as this? What if, instead of being worried about having all the right answers, God just wants to you to pray for your neighbor? Or for a well in Djibouti?
In whatever words you have. After all, He’s not looking for you to have all the answers, He’s just looking for your yes.
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