For Such a Time

January 02, 2023 · by Whitney Gothra

A new year has just begun, and the season of creating goals and discovering dreams is in full swing. I find it so utterly glorious that the biggest dreams you can dream for yourself pale in comparison to the thoughts that God thinks towards you.

It is a sign of good stewardship to work to improve how you spend your days, resources, and abilities. New Years goals and resolutions are great tools. This year, as I start making my lists and filling out my planners, I’m asking myself a question to help guide me: What is my “for such a time as this?”

This phrase is from the book of Esther. A story of a girl being chosen for a task beyond her years, experience, and possibly even desire. She was called to step up, step out, and go so far beyond her norm that her comfort zone became a speck in the past.

For such a time as this.

But God had, without a doubt, orchestrated her surroundings, her time, her position, and her calling. He knew what He was asking, and He had a purpose that had been laid from the foundations of the earth.

She found her purpose when Mordecai uttered those eloquent words, “for such a time as this.”

What is my “for such a time as this?” What is yours? Are your dreams paling in comparison to what He has created for you to accomplish in your generation? Do you need to aim higher? Stretch yourself farther? Grow a little deeper? Are your resolutions lining up with the path God has laid out for you? Is He calling you to something that feels impossible by human standards? Or are you filling your goal sheets and planners with things that distract you from the purpose God is birthing in you?

Align yourself with Him as you lay the foundation for the rest of this year. Grow in Him. Set your goals in Him.

And rest assured that He has placed you where He has for such a time as this.

Whatever your “such a time as this” looks like, know that there is glory and purpose and GOOD to be had. It may scare you. It may feel insurmountable. But the God that planted your feet in this time is the same God Who will order your steps through to the next.

So today, summon your courage. Open those doors or pick up that mic, hold out that hand or write those words, join the small group or lead the prayer meeting - whatever it is. Step out into what He is asking you to do. Who knows? This might be the exact moment. This might be what you were built for all along. For such a time as this.

Whitney Gothra

About Whitney Gothra

Whitney Gothra and her husband Timothy have been married for around fifteen years, and they have three sweet and spicy girls, Ruby, Selah, and Marigold. They pastor the Apostolic Church of Wabash in Wabash, Indiana. You can connect with her on Instagram @theflourishstudio or online at whitneygothra.com.