Esther – Part 2

I’m linking up again this week with I am Just One Girl and her amazing Changing History series.  Today I am continuing with my story of Esther.  You can go here to read Part 1.

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”  So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. (Esther 4:15-17)

With Esther’s request for Mordecai to fast there is a subtle shift in control of the drama unfolding in Persia.  Mordecai’s purpose had been served: to raise a voice and get the attention of the queen.  Once that was done it was Esther’s turn to play her part.

She is fearful at this point, but is willing to sacrifice for the good of her people.  Now let’s think about that for a minute.  She has been elevated to the status of Queen of the land.  There are not a lot of people, other than the King, who carry more weight or significance than her.  She has but to snap her fingers and it will be done.  And yet she is willing to lay down her life for her people.  Willing to give it all up to save a nation.

The significance of this can go unnoticed if we’re reading too quickly through the story.  Esther had been removed from her people, the Jews , and brought to live in a strange palace with strange customs.  Technically she could have ignored Mordecai, she was queen after all.  Technically she could have completely exiled herself from her people, changing the geography of her heart and allegiance to that of Persia.

 Technically. 

I wonder though, whether or not with every heart beat she heard the echo of God’s provision.  Did the stories of exile and rescue,  of desert wandering and the land of milk and honey course through her veins while she struggled with her decision? Did the ancient calling of being part of a nation that was set apart for God, a holy people, finally sway her decision to approach the King for the benefit of a nation?

She had security, she was safe.  As long as she followed the laws  of the land and the customs of the palace no harm would come to her.  That seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.  Spa days, maids of waiting, the best food, the best clothing, the best of…  Everything.

Esther did not have to do anything, and yet she does everything. She is pressed, crushed on both sides, much like the myrtle leaf that she is named for, duty to the palace and its customs and the love and loyalty of a people chosen to be holy. 

She wisely puts her God-given beauty to use and prepares herself for an audience with the king.

On the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing there in the inner court, he welcomed her and held out the gold scepter to her. So Esther approached and touched the end of the scepter.             (Esther 5:1-2)

You’ll notice that Esther doesn’t run to the King.  She doesn’t bang down his chamber doors and demand Haman’s head.  She doesn’t even become hysterical or weepy.  She prepares herself like one should when they are approaching royalty and waited.  When she was called forward she deferred to the reverence of the situation and made herself lower than her station – touching the end of the sceptre was a sign of submission.   And all through this I am sure that Mordecai’s words are running through her mind… For such a time as this.

Esther approached the King with reverence and patience.  She used the time and resources that God granted her to put into action events that would save Israel… For such a time as this.

How often do we stand back and let this broken world whirl by us without taking notice of its devastation…?

The homeless man you pass on your way to work, begging for change  For such a time as this.

The single mom, desperate for someone to tell her that she is not alone – For such a time as this.

The person ahead of you in the grocery store who cannot afford all that she needs –  For such a time as this.

The small child on your TV screen who has known nothing but poverty and heartache – For such a time as this.

The person with a broken mind and in need of a friend – For such a time as this.

The  friend who shows up at your door unannounced, weary and looking for conversation- For such a time as this.

The hurting, the hungry, the downtrodden, the oppressed and the down and out – For such a time as this.

This is our time.  Now is the moment.  And we have been given a certain confidence to come boldly before the throne room of God and ask of Him what we need.  We have been given this boldness because of the cross of Jesus Christ, the holy sceptre of heaven. The cross that bloomed gnarled and ugly out of the hill of Golgatha and where our Saviour pressed his wounded back on splintered wood… For such a time as this.

The whole earth His and yet the whole earth often feels as if it spins on the axis of crazy.  Floods, hurricanes, murders, drug abuse,  homelessness, starvation… all of it just screams insanity.  And yet we find ourselves paralyzed by the fear of the unknown before we act.  We wonder how we could possibly be part of this time.  

And we can be, because we have been called to be.  We have called to be kingdom changers and it doesn’t have to start in the fourth corner of the world.  It starts with your neighbour, with the family down the street that don’t have enough.  It starts with the loose change in your pocket, the arms that can reach around wrap heartache in a hug.  It starts with the extra brown bag of groceries for the food bank, the surprise package that arrives from a friend in the mail. It starts now…

For such a time as this.


10 Comments

  1. Yes and amen. Lunchtime tears, my friend. I am so glad you linked up. 🙂

  2. Amen! Sometimes it doesn’t take anything big, just a phone call, or an email, or a card. We need to be out there finding the needs and meeting them. LOVE this!

    • Yes – sometimes that is all it takes… brown paper packages even… Thank you so much for all that you do… for such a time as this.

  3. Really loving this – the call to the Esther generation seems to be resonating louder and louder from post to post. We are called, we are willing, we are ready. For a time such as this – it just echoes with me. I love how you’ve taking the longest spa day in history to this massive game changer of a call to all.

    • Rebekah, I have so enjoyed seeing you here and your comments – and I love that we’re linking up in this series together. Blessings to you today friend.

  4. Awesome, Tonya! I don’t even know what else to say, your words here just bowled me over… hope you’re having a good visit with your in-laws!!!

    • April – thank you so much and for your encouragement yesterday – it really means a lot to know I’ve got sisters that have my back!

  5. For such a time as this.
    A wonderful call that I pray echoes forever in our hearts and minds.
    Xo

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