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Pastor preaches 'This Is Your Time' based on book of Esther

On Sunday, Rev. Vanessa C. Thomas, pastor of Behind the Veil Christian Ministries preached at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia for Pastor Louis R. Blakey, Jr. and Pastor Lois Blakey Paige's ninth anniversary.

Pastor Vanessa C. Thomas preaches at New Canaan
Margaret Minnicks
Pastor Vanessa C. Thomas preaches at New Canaan
Pastor Vanessa C. Thomas/Photo by Rev. Margaret Minnicks

Based on Esther 4:13-17, Pastor Thomas preached "This Is Your Time." In her introduction, the guest pastor talked about time and how God rearranges time and manipulates time just for you so you can step into the right appointment. This is exactly what happened in the story of Esther being called to replace Queen Vashti when she refused to dance with the king after he had been partying and drinking for about six months. Because of Vashti's refusal to dance, Esther was brought into the palace to replace Vashti.

Pastor Thomas pointed out that sometimes God makes it possible for people to move out of the way just so you can take their place. We need to be ready to step into the time God has for us. Esther was put in the right place, and she became the king's secret weapon. She emphasized this concept by saying, "Sometimes God brings the time to the place, and at other times He brings the place to the time."

Esther's background wasn't revealed when she went into the palace to become the queen. Pastor Thomas said, "God can use you in spite of your background. In fact, if some people knew your background, they wouldn't even want to sit next to you on the pew."

Pastor Thomas advised the congregation not to complain while they are waiting for something to take place at a certain time. Rather, start dancing while you wait. Praise while you wait.

When God blesses you, the haters will show up and step in trying to block what God is doing. When that happens, know that you must be doing something right to have haters. When you finally arrive after disappointments, setbacks and struggles, you can laugh about when you went through to get to where God has placed you.

Esther was in the right place at the right time to save a nation. You, too, have a nation in you to save, but you have to be at the right place at the right time where God has placed you. Don't get upset by what it looks like. God is putting the pieces together like a puzzle to make sure you are where you are supposed to be. When God moves you to the place He wants you to be, He will also require you to relinquish some things and some people out of your life. Using the language of a computer Pastor Thomas said, "For some people you have to 'scroll, select and delete.'"

As the pastor's sermon came to an end, she said for every blessing there is a risk; the bigger the risk, the bigger the blessing. She admonished the congregation to move into their place like Esther by taking risks based on their faith.