Jul 27, 2020

Devotional - Rachael Miller

High school is a time where you figure out an outline of what you want to do for the rest of your life. It is also the time where you make memories that will last a lifetime. During a person’s high school career, they are faced with many decisions: What career path to take, who to hang out with, and the list goes on. Once a decision is made, you may be looked at as an outsider by your peers because of it. At times it can seem like you are alone, but as a child of God you will never be alone. 

Back when I was in high school, I went through a similar thing of scared of what to do and how it would make me look to the rest of my peers. I faced peer pressure for being a Christian in public school. Sometimes I would wonder why I would be in situations that I would want to avoid in the first place.  One of the many bible stories that helped me through that time, and a favorite of mine was the story of Esther. She was just an ordinary girl of Jewish descent living under the Persian Empire. She was taken from her home and placed in the palace with many other young women to be chosen to be queen, and as the story continues, she was picked to be the queen of Persia. She did not want to be queen, much like the fact that I did not ask to be placed in certain situations. Yet in Esther chapter 4: 13-14 where she is writing to her cousin Mordecai basically saying she doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t understand why she is, along with the fact she has found out that the king’s head man plans to destroy the Jews, he says this to her, “He sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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 royal position for such a time as this.” (NIV 1984) 

To make long story short, she saved her people by following God’s plan even though she did not understand it at the time. The same is true for us today, you may not understand why you are facing a certain thing during high school, but if you just give it to God and completely trust in him it will work out in the end. 

-Rachael Miller 

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