“I would like to welcome you to Queen school, because when God gets a hold of a woman, she becomes a Queen.” Gail Mays – Wife of Pastor Steve Mays, Calvary Chapel South Bay
The story of Esther is a beautiful example of how God takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. Esther, also known as Hadassah, was but a young girl when she lost her parents and became an orphan. Her older cousin Mordecai, took her under his care and raised her to the best of his ability. One might read the beginning of this story and think “how tragic” or perhaps “what a hopeless situation” but even in those times of hardship and loss, God was ever present and preparing something special for Esther.
It wasn’t coincidence that Mordecai was a highly educated Jew and exile whom Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, had carried away. All these experiences prepared Mordecai to raise Esther for the calling that was set upon her life…
This is how it went down! (Esther 1-2:18) King Xerxes had a huge argument with his wife Queen Vashti and this enraged him so much that he decided to remove her crown and put out a search through the 127 provinces he ruled over, in search for a beautiful, young virgin that would take her place. Sounds like a Cinderella Novela (soap-opera) right? Check out what the Word says:
“Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she.” Esther 1:19
“Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. 4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:2-4
“Such a time as this…” The moment had arrived for Esther to answer to her calling. Esther is described as a beautiful young woman and she ended up part of the young woman selected. To make a long story short (although you MUST read all the good details) Esther most pleased the King and was selected as the new Queen…And this was just the beginning!
I’d like to take a pause in this story and take a close look at where Esther was and where she ended up. We read she was an orphan, perhaps still mourning the loss of her parents. Did she feel alone? Was she afraid? Did she still have hope and dreams?
There are times when our circumstances seem like such a heavy fog, that it’s hard to see the rays of sunshine just above it. In the midst of “such a time as this” I am reminded of the truth of God’s Word:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
When we look away from ourselves and our circumstance and look up to God, we are reminded of who we are in Him. We are reminded He is our source of hope and strength. Wherever you find yourself today, look to God and His Word as your source of hope and strength. Like Esther, your story is just beginning…
I encourage you to read the book of Esther and join me next Wednesday as we continue this story. Ordinary to Extraordinary!