Words used for people in situations that have arduous outcomes.
Esther (otherwise known as Hadassah) was chosen by King Ahasuerus to be his new Queen. Or if you were to look in your history books, you would see him as King Xerxes, a King of Persia which we now know as Iran. But because of her beauty and grace, she was chosen.
“…and Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.” Esther 2:14
Esther was an orphan, adopted by her cousin Mordecai. She was a foreigner in captivity in one of the most prestigious palaces in history. And for quite some time she had to hide the fact that she was a Jew. Something we have heard of many times in history. From Cory ten Boom and Anne Frank to now hearing stories of those over-seas running for their lives.
Still, she heeded Mordecai’s warnings and was silent until he learned of a plan constructed by Haman – the King’s right hand man — to kill all the Jews.
Why does it seem like it is always the Jews?
Because this is where it all began, with God’s chosen people. From Haman to Hitler, God’s people will always have enemies because even evil knows the truth, that God is real.
So then, knowing what would happen…Esther is left with a choice. She could enter the King’s presence without consent and by his law he could command her death or spare her life.
Mordecai sends Esther a message: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12-14
Then Esther replies: go and fast and I and my maidens will do the same, after three days I will go to the King.
And so she says…
If I die…I die?
This is what she is saying! In three days time, I may or may not be alive!
Could you do the same in the name of what you believed is right?
Could I do the same?
…I don’t know.
I believe my God is right. I believe that He is truth and the only way to Heaven.
In the Middle East (Syria, I believe) there are believers who have fled persecution. Only to take refuge and place crosses on their tents to prove they will not deny their faith in God even in face of death.
Could I do the same?
…I don’t know.
Well, what do I know?
I know that Esther had no power, no control over where her life was but she had influence.
She chose to use that influence and with two well thought out banquets and tears, she changed the mind of one of the biggest, baddest Kings in Persian rule. And in changing his mind, she saved thousands of her people.
What is your influence?
I’m too small…Mother Theresa.
I’m too quiet…Anne Frank.
I’m nobody…Corey ten Boom.
I have learning disabilities…Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein.
I’m handicap…Bethany Hamilton, Hellen Keller.
I have no parents, I’m a “minority,” I’m in prison…Esther.
We all have excuses but there is evidence that they are just excuses.
I’m just me…but I have a voice and I’ve got something to say!
Rachel Scott was one of the Columbine victims, later on we learn from one of her journal entries, she says, “I won’t be labeled as average.”
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” Anne Frank
We are the vessels for the one God who promised, So I perish, I perish.
“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank.