When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Word of Hope
Today is the Jewish celebration of Purim. Purim is one of the most fun holidays celebrated by the Jewish people. Purim commemorates the day Esther, Queen of Persia, saved the Jewish people from execution by Haman, the advisor to the Persian king.
I just came from a Disney Park, and none of the princesses have such a courageous story as Esther! Disney should have made a movie of this amazing story.
Esther was selected to become queen because of her beauty. She didn’t reveal that she was a Jew. That wasn’t an important fact until the King was tricked into signing a decree to eliminate all the Jews in the kingdom.
Amazing beautiful words come from this story. “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
And what a brave and smart young woman Esther was. She put her faith in God. She fasted and prayed. Then she was brave enough to say “if I perish, I perish” as she trusted God to help her save her people. She faced the King without being summoned, and cleverly created a way to ask the King to grant her wish. He agreed and her people were saved.
As we prepare ourselves for Easter, we need to develop our plan to anticipate what God can do through us. It might not be such a grand event as Esther. But if we help feed the hungry through Breakfast of Hope, Lunch of Hope, pack the Pantry, or Blessing Bags; we have made a difference in the lives of those we help.
God who allows us to be brave, help us learn to trust you to make us brave in all our life. Help us through Lent to see where you want us to be more useful to you as we learn to be with you in the dark places of our lives.