Esther 4:14: “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house, will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” NKJV
I believe God places us in particular places and situations in His timing. On occasion, I have had a very strong feeling that there was a reason why I was in a specific place for His will. At times, I haven’t seen the reason until later. Things worked out for me so well, without any prior planning on my part, that I could only give God the credit and the Praise.
Some years ago, we went to a family reunion (maybe a little reluctantly). There was no conscious thought of my witnessing; only the thought of seeing family. I had not seen some of my family members for many years.
My much younger brother was sitting by himself on a picnic bench. This brother is only about a year older than our oldest son, so we did not grow up together and we hadn’t been very close. When I noticed him, I felt the need to go over to him to witness to him. I had not had training on witnessing and wasn’t really comfortable about doing it. Perhaps, my most important thought was to invite him to come to church. (I probably used a lot of pressure to encourage him to come.) I offered to pick him up, but he assured me that he would come and that he didn’t want me to “go out of my way.”
I feared that he would not keep his promise. Praise the Lord! Both he and his wife came to church the very next day. In only a short time, they accepted Christ, joined the church and continue to be active.
I Praise God for the Holy Spirit’s urging. Later, I found out that my witnessing came at a crucial time in my brother’s life. God put me in that place for a very important reason!
I like the chorus of the old hymn by Mary Brown:
I’ll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord
O’er mountain or plain or sea
I’ll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord
I’ll be what you want me to be.
Sometimes, He wants us to go to a family member who is sitting alone on a picnic bench!