If you know me, you know that I’m not a typical feminist. Definitely not one of the third-wave ones that are running around today. But I’m all about females who do WORK and get stuff done and are confident (in Christ and in life). Laying all that out there, today I want to talk about mah gurl Esther.
Esther is one of only two women (looking at you, Ruth) who has a book of the Bible named after her and explicitly written about her. If you grew up watching Veggie Tales like I did, you might have seen the movie about Esther. Unfortunately, no, Esther is not actually a string bean with hair, nor did political enemies of the cucumber king get sent to the Island of Perpetual Tickling in the biblical book of Esther. What Esther did do, though, was risk her life to save the Jews from certain death and obediently follow the will of God.
Esther’s great faith and accomplishment are celebrated near the end of February or early March every year. This celebration is called Purim. Go ask your Jewish friend for some hamantash and a grogger. Definitely one of the most fun celebrations of the year. While the pastries and the noisemakers are all well and good, Esther’s obedience to God is what should be truly celebrated.
Esther is a teenage girl who, whether she wanted to or not, was collected to be a part of the king’s harem. After a year of beauty treatments, she was presented to the king, after many other maidens from around the country, and the king was delighted with her, and crowned her queen. There are a lot of plot details in between, but you can check out the Bible for all those (definitely action packed. If you watched the Veggie Tales version, you’ll remember the French pea assassins who want to drop a piano on the king. Good times, good times).
The part I want to skip to is the part when Haman (evil right hand man of the king), for various extenuating circumstances surrounding Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, decides that all the Jews (which includes Esther) should be exterminated. Mordecai learns of the plot and alerts Esther. In chapter 4, verses 13-14, Mordecai drops some truth on E. He says “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Dang. Harsh truth bombs from Mordecai. To be completely serious if only briefly, how cool is that last phrase, “for such a time as this?” Mordecai is suggesting that maybe this is what God is calling her to do, in that time and place. God can work through us or in spite of us, and that was what Mordecai was laying out for Esther.
For such a time as this.
Where are you right now? I don’t mean where you physically are. I mean in life. Currently, I’m at home for spring break. It would be easy to take spring break to mean Netflix, sleeping, and self-indulgence. But my challenge for myself this break, and in every stage of my life is to figure why I am where I am. For such a time as this, what could I be doing while I am here?
For such a time as this. Esther had to stand up, be bold, and risk her life. That was what God was calling her to. Could God have done it without her? Most assuredly. But this was her chance to be a part of God’s kingdom work, and she stepped out in great faith, and ended up saving her people.
So my question for you: what does this look like for you? If you’re in your last semester of college or high school, what could you be doing where you are, instead of just waiting to get out and move on? You’ve been given such a time as this to work for the Kingdom. Step out in faith, be obedient, and see what God will do.