Esther 4:14: â€œFor if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fatherâ€™s house, will perish.Â Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?â€Â NKJV
I believe God places us in particular places and situations in His timing.Â On occasion, I have had a veryÂ strong feeling that there was a reason why I was in a specific place for His will.Â At times, I havenâ€™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).Â There was no conscious thought of my witnessing; only the thought of seeing family.Â 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 hadnâ€™t been very close.Â When I noticed him, I felt the need to go over to him to witness to him.Â I had not had training on witnessing and wasnâ€™t really comfortable about doing it.Â Perhaps, my most important thought was to invite him to come to church.Â (I probably used a lot of pressure to encourage him to come.)Â I offered to pick him up, but he assured me that he would come and that he didnâ€™t want me to â€œgo out of my way.â€
I feared that he would not keep his promise.Â Praise the Lord!Â 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 Spiritâ€™s urging.Â Later, I found out that my witnessing came at a crucial time in my brotherâ€™s life.Â God put me in that place for a very important reason!
I like the chorus of the old hymn by Mary Brown:
Â Â Â Â Iâ€™ll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord
Â Â Â Â Oâ€™er mountain or plain or sea
Â Â Â Â Iâ€™ll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord
Â Â Â Â Iâ€™ll be what you want me to be.
Â Â Â Sometimes, He wants us to go to a family member who is sitting alone on a picnic bench!