Detroit mailman Darrian Crutcher was out doing his job one day, when he noticed one of the homes on his route was on fire. He quickly pulled the garden hose into the house and got it under control until firefighters arrived.
In fact, once the firefighters arrived, Crutcher resumed his delivery route.
Jessica Eaves, a Christian and mother of four in Guthrie, Oklahoma, confronted the man who stole her wallet in a local Wal-Mart and gave him an ultimatum. "You can either give me my wallet and I'll forgive you right now, and I'll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries. If you don't agree, I'll call the police."
The man returned the wallet, and Eaves spent $27 on his groceries, which consisted of milk, bread, bologna, crackers, soup and cheese. He told her, "I'll never forget tonight. I'm broke, I have kids, I'm embarrassed and I'm sorry."
Eaves would have had every right to call the police, but this tale of forgiveness and mercy is the tale of the forgiveness and mercy of Christ. Eaves had an appointment to be a blessing, and she didn't miss it.
Way back when, during the time of Esther, a great need arose for Esther to meet with the king. Haman, the king's second-in-command, sought to bring about the destruction of the Jewish people. Esther, King Ahasuerus's new queen and also a Jew (although she did not make this known) understood the need to inform the king, but there was a problem.
She could not go before the king unless she was summoned.
"All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live." - Esther 4:11
Mordecai, Esther's cousin who had raised her, responded, "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" - Esther 4:14-15
Although most of us would not be risking our lives like Esther, let's begin living as if we were meant to be here and now, "for such a time as this."
It takes courage for us to step out of our normal comfortable lives and do the right thing. Mailman Crutcher could have stood outside with his cell phone, waiting for firefighters to come, while the fire consumed the home. That would have been more safe ... more comfortable. But Crutcher saw a need for action, and he jumped right into it. Eaves could have called the police, but instead blessed someone most people would say didn't deserve it.
You have appointments to bless others today. Look for them. Don't miss them! God bless you!