Esther 4:14

Just a few weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest on a night that I had nothing to do, and I stumbled upon a bible verse that hasn’t left my mind. 

Esther 4:14 says, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” 

Something about that verse made my eyes fill with tears, and it’s taken me almost three weeks to figure out why. Too often I think I live my life preparing for the future and not in the now. I think we all do. We have trouble reminding ourselves to fully appreciate every moment while it’s happening. But what happens if you miss a life altering moment because you were fretting about tomorrow? Every moment of your life was created for a reason, and to bypass them with anxiety and worry is not only detrimental to others, but especially to you. Don’t miss out on a moment that could transform you because you’re trying to change a future that never truly arrives. Live in the now. Those moments could happen today. 

Last night I went for a walk with my two best friends on the beach, and about half a mile down it started to rain on us. As we shoved our phones in pockets and geared up to run, I stopped myself and said, “Let’s just keep walking.” And we did just that. The three of us grabbed hands and let the rain hit our faces as the ocean churned in the wind behind us. I think that was a moment in which I realized that this life I was given is meant to be appreciated like that. Maddie, Brooke, and I are all heading off to college soon, so why not take a walk together in the rain while we still can? Why not let rain water soak our clothes and frizz our hair while we make our happy trudge through the Florida sand? And why not, halfway back to the condo, stop and look up at the stars and see the moon’s reflection on the ocean and think to yourself, “perhaps this is the moment for which I was created.” 

Those moments come, guys. You just have to learn to wait for them to arrive when they are meant to and not to plan for them. You’ll know them when they happen. I promise. 

By laurenstockam

Lauren is a graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

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