AUGUST 2018: A GATHERING OF WOMEN
By Tanya Lopez, Regional Disciples Women Ministry Staff
For Such A Time As This
For such a time as this... There are several passages of scripture that bring me hope, encouragement and strength. But there are certain passages that just stay with me and Ester 4:14 is one of those passages that just always jumps at me and stops me dead in my tracks. The NIV version reads, 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
That last phrase, for such a time as this, is what gets me. It is not so much the question itself but the fact that it deals with such an important concept, time. In the context of Ester’s story, this phrase is very powerful. She has been placed in a position of importance and influence and the time to act was right there before her. So many times, we are presented with opportunities to act or to take on something new, but we hesitate and doubt. We feel the need to calculate and plan and if timing seems off by our standards, we let moments pass, opportunities slip and we fail to consider God’s timing in our lives.
Now I can’t keep writing without admitting that I often hesitate and doubt and worry about timing. Timing for taking on new responsibilities, timing for going back to school, timing for a new event, timing for stepping away from what is comfortable, but I often think back to that passage and that part of the scripture and I am reminded that there is no greater timing than God’s timing. I often feel uncomfortable when I don’t feel in control of the “timing” but when I put my trust in the master of Time, I am filled with peace and courage to step up to new challenges.
I have had a much busier year than I could’ve ever expected and the past two months have also been filled with preaching engagements, keynotes for women’s retreats and I know that there is more that I will be doing. I am excited for the opportunities to serve and for what is to come! Most of all I am excited for this time in the life of the church. I celebrate with my sisters and brother of the Obra Hispana who made herstory by electing Rev. Lori Tapia as their first female National Pastor! She has not only served Disciples Women on a national level, but she has been empowering other women to step into their calls and to be the leaders they are meant to be. I celebrate her example, her leadership and her recognizing that God’s timing was now!
Wild Women of the West was a wonderful and amazing gathering where many women recognized God’s timing in their lives for something new. I too have felt that energy and so have many other women in our region. Disciples Women are always early. They see, they sense and act when they perceive God’s call and when the women do things together, powerful things happen! The time is now! We hope to plan and program something new for the women of our region. We have recognized that the time is now to take the energy and enthusiasm so many of us experienced together in Arizona and to do something to gather us once again!
For such a time as this…
God’s timing is now, and the women of our region are excited and ready.
Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget that we will be at the Disciples Women booth at Regional Assembly! I know I’ll see you there, if not sooner!
Disciples Women Ministry Staff
2401 N. Lake Ave, Altadena, California 91001