Updated: Jul 18
I'm on a little bit of an Esther kick right now. Truth be told, Esther is one of my favorite books in the Bible.
It's a story I can relate to, minus the part of becoming a queen and ya know, saving her people from death.
The story of Esther is one of an underdog, someone who could have easily become forgotten. She was an orphan, taken in by her uncle who raised her, cared for her and provided her with opportunities she might not have had otherwise.
She became Queen to a powerful King. She had all the luxury and beautiful things one could ask for. She had it all. At the height of her reign, her people were in trouble and being threatened by death. She was in a position to help but when the opportunity presented itself her first response was not a resounding yes.
She made excuses.
She found herself stuck in fear and worry.
At the core of it, she was human just like you and me.
How often do we find ourselves with an opportunity to help someone in need, answer a call, or move to our next season, only to find ourselves in the middle of stuck? Stuck between fear and worry and hesitation.
Maybe it's fear about what others will think.
Or fear about your own safety.
Or fear of the future and uncertainty.
If I'm honest, I have found myself in this same place once or twice.
When I look at the book of Esther, I see that it wasn't her own strength or courage that allowed her to step up and answer the call in front of her. It was through the encouragement and challenge of her uncle Mordecai. He helped her to see beyond herself, circumstances, and narrow view to a bigger picture. His famous words "maybe you were born for such a time as this", still ring in our hearts today.
Esther needed Mordecai to challenge and encourage her. And we all need that same kind of nudging to help us to take a step out of stuck. If you find yourself unable to move, let Mordecai's words encourage you that maybe you too were born for such a time as this.
Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? -Esther 4:14