It has been an amazing journey for me to learn about 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 truly are by the Lord. May God always bless you!
For Such a Time as This: “The Bigger Picture”Proverbs 31:29-3129 “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 Honor 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 filled with beautiful ceremonies and special family gatherings. I can imagine all the expensive clothes they have and the enjoyment they receive in every day pampering. This is what I pictured before, but God showed me that there is more to being a Queen than just being beautiful and being showered with luxury. There is also this very important part called responsibility.
Responsibility was about to knock on our beautiful Queen Esther’s door. Would she answer to this guest and let them in? Or, would she ignore the knocking and go on living her life as if there was nothing she could do?
Esther had left her old life behind and moved into her new life at the royal courts. She had been advised prior to being crowned the new Queen, by her cousin Mordecai, to conceal her Jewish background. All the Jewish people living in Persia at this time were living in exile. Prior to their exile, the Israelite’s 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. During the time the decree had been made regarding the fate of the Jews, Esther had not seen her husband for thirty days. She was also not allowed to leave the royal courts at any moment. She did not have the freedom to go visit her old friends, whom she had shared laughter and great moments with. She was to stay in her chambers until King Ahasuerus called for her or until he came to visit her. She was living in seclusion. Esther also had to bear the thought that her King, her husband was most likely spending his nights with his many concubines instead of with her. Could she have felt a bit rejected and abandon 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 mourning her cousin was in. Why was he mourning? Did someone they knew 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 one of the Kings chamberlains for him to dress himself. Mordecai was dressed in ripped sackcloth and was prohibited to enter the royal courts in this state. He refused to receive the clothes Esther had sent for him. He sends a message with the chamberlain to notify Esther about the decree that had been announced, as well sends her the copy he had. 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 yet. Mordecai, who has always guided her, paints it for her with his words in Esther 4:13-14 “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?” 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 greater than her loneliness, than her circumstance. She had the responsibility to fight for her people, even if it meant that she could be put to death. This was her moment, her responsibility to speak and not stay silent. If she would perish, she perished (Esther 4:16), but she would not stay 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 important weapon PRAYER.
We all need a Mordecai in our life to paint us the bigger picture. One of my favorite 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 important. It takes courage to stay quiet and listen sometimes, but like Esther we must be willing to listen. Sometimes in our lives we can miss the bigger picture, because we do not listen to reason. Unlike Esther who saw the greater 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 completely give myself to Him, without reservations. 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 greater 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 luxury that being a child of God has, it also brings responsibilities. In this bible passage it explains to us as a royal priesthood and His own special people we have the responsibility to proclaim the praises of God to everyone we meet. God has given us great power in Jesus name and like this quote says, “With great power comes great responsibility”- Ben Parker, we must take on this great 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). This is our time, our Esther moment has arrived. If we chose to not speak, God will surely send salvation through other means, but we might perish. This is the bigger picture there are millions of souls in need of Jesus, and we are a vessel God wants to use for the salvation of many. Our circumstance and past does not determine our future, our faith in God will.
After the three days of fasting, our beautiful Queen Esther presents herself to the King. This was the moment of truth, would she perish? No, my friend, she would not die but live to save her people from genocide. This was the same little girl, who once was running around playing with her friends. Her past could never have determined her future. Our Queen went on to become the star she was always meant to be. She will never be remembered as the little orphan girl, but will always be remembered as Queen Esther, the Heroine of the Jews.
OUR PAST WILL NEVER DETERMINE OUR FUTURE.
20 And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, 21 to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, 22 as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. 23 So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them, 24 because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to annihilate them, and had cast Pur (that is, the lot), to consume them and destroy them; 25 but when[k]Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that [l]this wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
26 So they called these days Purim, after the name [m]Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, 28 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants.
29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim.30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 31 to confirm these days of Purim at their appointedtime, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. 32 So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book. Esther 9:20-32
God bless you greatly,
Glenda Palma Rodas ❤
For the Story of our beautiful queen, you can read it in her very own book in the bible named ESTHER.