Blessing Awaits You Around the Corner
When I tell you, “A blessing is waiting for you around the corner!” what do you immediately think of? That time you rounded a corner, and a racing little human smashed right into you nearly knocking you over? Maybe you recall that time you walked around the street corner and saw a friend you hadn’t seen in ninety forevers. Perhaps you think of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, “Down on the corner, out in the street, Willy and the poor boys are playing, bring a nickel, tap your feet.” Your age is on display if your mind goes there! And let’s not forget little Jack Horner who sat in the corner eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said, “What a good boy am I!”
There’s something exciting about living with the knowledge and expectation that God’s blessing is waiting for me around the corner. One thing is true here: I must keep moving because that corner is not coming to me. Waiting on God does not mean I am standing still. I must do the work God has called me to do today and leave the when and where of that corner blessing to Him.
Mordecai is a good example of a man walking into his blessing around the corner. He was the older cousin of Hadassah, aka Esther, whom he raised as his own daughter following the death of her parents. They were among the Israeli exiles living in Persia 486 to 465 BC. Following an interesting turn of events only possible through the orchestration of God, Hadassah becomes Queen Esther. “Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her” (Esther 2:11).
“During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai” (2:21-22). He did the right thing and reported the truth about what he had seen and heard, but nothing was done for him until four years later (6:2). During that time, he remained humble, faithful, and trusted God. He did what he could do to stay in touch with Esther, but for the most part, the situation was out of his hands.
No one was more surprised than Mordecai when he turned a corner one day and walked right into the biggest blessing of his life. In his later years, he was promoted into a high position he knew nothing about but one he quickly learned. God was with him and used him to help save many people.
What’s around your next corner? An expected yet unexpected blessing awaits you. God delights in surprising His children. We can’t see around the next corner, but God controls the corner. Our job is to keep moving, serving, trusting Him, and living a humble and faithful life. Be encouraged and expectant. The day will come when you walk around a corner and there stands Jesus with arms open wide.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).