I had a fabulous weekend…I had my grandgirls. We spent time doing girl stuff. Shopping, cooking, getting the Barbie hair untangled and put back to their former beauty.
When it was time to wind down for the evening they asked me to tell them a story. I was thinking to myself they know all your basic fairy tales and the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me… “Esther.”
I asked them…how about a true story about a Queen? They loved the idea. Of course when I said, Esther…they said, who?
Esther was a beautiful, Jewish woman living in Persia. She was being raised by her cousin, Mordecai because her father and mother had died.
King Xerses ordered and edict that all young girls where to be brought to Susa and put under the care of his servant Hegai so that he could pick a queen.
Esther was brought to the palace and place under Hegai’s care. She found favor in his sight. Esther hadn’t revealed her nationalityand family background as a Jewish because Mordecai had forbidden her to.
The King found favor with Esther and liked her more than any of the other woman. He took Esther as his wife and she became Queen.
Now, one of Kings Xerses royal officials, Haman, had a problem with Mordecai because he wouldn’t bow down to him. So he plotted to have all Jews killed.
Who else was a Jew but nobody knew about it, Esther!
Haman twisted the truth and had the King sign a paper saying that on a specific day all Jews would be killed.
Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the King on behalf of her Jewish people. the was one catch…if she went before the King without being summoned. she would be killed unless he held out a golden scepter of acceptance.
Esther was frightened, but she went to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people. “…I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16, NIV)
Esther did go before the king and he did hold out his scepter. Yes, her beauty helped but it was her character that won the Kings heart.
God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He uses people to orchestrate His will! David slaying Goliath, Nehemiah rebuilding of the wall, Moses leading of the Israelite’s and Esther saving God’s people.
Remember you don’t have to be supernatural…that God’s job. We just have to be willing! Deb~