It has been a fantastic journey for me to learn about the beautiful Esther. She is a reminder to me that no matter where I come from or who I am, God loves me and has a purpose for my life. In this entry, I will write about the importance of seeing the bigger picture. Whether we feel that we are ready or not, in God’s eyes, we are capable of achieving the impossible. With His help and guidance, there is no limit to what we can do to expand His kingdom. I pray in Jesus’ name that you are beyond blessed and may always feel as loved as you indeed are by the Lord. May God always bless you!
For Such a Time as This: “The Bigger Picture”
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honour her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I picture the life of a Queen to be full of beautiful ceremonies and special family gatherings. I can imagine all the expensive clothes they have and the enjoyment they receive in everyday pampering. That is what I use to picture, but my perspective has changed. God has shown me that there is more to being a Queen than being beautiful and showered with luxury. There is this essential part called responsibility.
Responsibility was about to knock on our beautiful Queen Esther’s door. Would she answer to this guest and invite them inside? Or, would she ignore the knocking and go on living her life as she pleased?
Esther had left her old life behind and moved into her new life at the royal courts. Her cousin Mordecai advised her to conceal her Jewish background from the Persians. All the Jewish people living in Persia at this time were living in exile. Before their exile, the Israelites had been taken captive by the Babylonians. Esther’s parents passed away when she was very young, and Mordecai took the responsibility to raise his younger cousin.
Our beautiful Queen, though surrounded by all the luxury in the world, was lonely. She was not allowed to leave the royal courts at any moment. She did not have the freedom to visit her old friends, whom she had shared laughter and great moments. She had to stay in her chambers until King Ahasuerus called for her or until he came to visit. She was living in seclusion.
During the time of the decree made about the Jews, she had not seen her husband for thirty days. Esther had to bear the thought that her husband was spending his nights with concubines instead of with her. Could she have felt a bit rejected and abandoned by her husband? Of course, anyone would.
In between her loneliness, responsibility came knocking at her door. News reached Esther about her cousin Mordecai. Her heart must have panicked at hearing the state of her cousin. Why was he weeping? Did someone they know pass away, was he in danger? These could be a couple of questions she could have asked herself. Esther sends clothes to her cousin with the Chamberlain. Mordecai dressed in ripped sackcloth, for this reason, was prohibited from entering the royal courts. He refused to receive the clothes Esther had sent for him. Mordecai sends a message with the Chamberlain to notify Esther about the decree that was declared, as well as sends his copy. He urges her to go to the King and intercede for their people.
Upon hearing her cousin’s words and his plea for her to intercede for their people, she may have become scared. She knew very well; no one was allowed to enter the King’s presence without his permission. If anyone did come to see him without his request, they would be put to death if he did not hold out the golden sceptre. The King had not called her for soo many days if she just showed up to see him; surely, she might have thought he would put her to death for defying his law.
At this moment, our beautiful Esther had not seen the bigger picture. Mordecai, who has always guided her, paints it for her with his words. “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the King’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:13-14. Mordecai makes her see the degree of importance in her role as a Queen.
Upon hearing her cousin’s words, something clicks inside of Esther. She finally sees the bigger picture. This cause was much more significant than her loneliness or her circumstance. She had the responsibility to fight for her people, even if it meant her death sentence. Esther’s moment, her duty to speak and not stay silent arrived. If she would perish, she perished (Esther 4:16), but she would not remain quiet. She would open the door to responsibility and accept its invitation.
Our brave Esther arises and fasts for three days seeking the favour of God first before anything else. She also has a support group fasting for her too. Before presenting herself to the King, she armed herself with the most potent weapon PRAYER.
We all need a Mordecai in our life to paint us the bigger picture. One of my favourite quotes by Sir Winston Churchill is, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Listening to guidance is essential. It takes courage to stay quiet and listen sometimes, but like Esther, we must be willing to do so. Sometimes in our lives, we can miss the bigger picture, because we do not listen to reason. Unlike Esther, who saw the bigger picture after Mordecai’s words, sometimes in my life, I have missed it. My unwillingness to listen has caused me to allow my feelings of sadness and distress to keep me from fulfilling my responsibilities. God has been teaching me to learn to give myself to Him without reservations completely. He has been teaching me to learn to be brave like Esther was.
In this walk with God, He has taught me that there will be times I will have to put my feelings of sadness aside for a more significant cause. In 1 Peter 2:9-10, it says “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” Along with all the benefits that a child of God has, it also brings responsibilities. In this Bible passage, it explains to us as a royal priesthood and His special people we have the responsibility to proclaim the praises of God to everyone we meet. God has given us high power in Jesus’ name, and like this quote says, “With great power comes great responsibility”- unknown, we must take on this task to speak about this marvelous grace. We must proclaim that in Jesus’ name and only in His name, there is salvation (Acts 4:11-12). Our time, our Esther moment has arrived. If we chose not to speak, God would surely send redemption through other means, but we might perish. The bigger picture is this, there are millions of souls in need of Jesus, and we are a vessel God wants to use for the salvation of many. Our circumstances and past do not determine our future, but if we put our trust in God, He will make something beautiful.
After the three days of fasting, our beautiful Queen Esther presents herself to the King. The moment of truth had arrived for her. Would she perish?
No, my friend, she would not die but live to save her people from genocide.
Our Queen became the star she was always meant to be. She is an incredible example of a moral character, one which is to be admired and followed. I pray I can follow and possess such characteristics in my life.
Esther, the same little girl, who once was running around playing with her friends, now a grown woman stepped into her destiny. Her past could never have determined her future. Our marvelous God handed her sceptre of grace and used her to save an entire race.
Esther, our star, will never be remembered as the little orphan girl Hadassah, but will always be known as Queen Esther, the Heroine of the Jews.
OUR PAST WILL NEVER DETERMINE OUR FUTURE.