When I was a little girl, the Disney Princesses basically ruled my world.
Okay, let's be real. They basically still do. #imachild
Each Princess has such a powerful story with one common theme: they all chose courage over staying in their comfort zones. If Belle hadn't been brave enough to take her Father's place, she would have never fallen in love with the Beast. And if Mulan hadn't pretended to be a dude and fight in the war, who knows what would have happened to China!?
Okay, enough with the Disney references (for now...😉 )
The story of Esther has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible. Maybe when I was younger it partially had to do with the fact that she was a Queen, so that just went along perfectly with my Disney obsession. (sidenote: why isn't there a Disney movie about her?! Come on Walt!!)
However, now her story has a much deeper meaning to me. Esther's example of boldness, bravery, and faith are some of the most powerful in all of Scripture. As an orphan being raised by her cousin Mordecai, I'm sure that Esther never would have thought that she would one day be Queen. One of my favorite things about God and Scripture is that He often chooses the least likely candidates to proclaim His name.
That fact is such a sweet reminder that we don't have to have it all together to bring glory to God's name and to serve. And let me tell you, as a 24 year old girl just trying to figure life out, that fact brings a whole lot of peace. God promises to strengthen and equip us to fulfill our callings, all we are required to do is submit to Him and His will and let Him lead.
When Esther was chosen by King Xerxes to be Queen, she was chosen with one little detail missing. The fact that she was a Jew. When her cousin Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, a man of high royal position, he conspired to annihilate all Jewish people. Mordecai later shares this information with Esther and encourages her to be a voice for the Jews and to save her people.
Can you imagine what must have gone through Esther's head?! Not only did the fate of an entire nationality rest on her shoulders (yikes), but she was going to have to go, uninvited, before the King (which btw you did not do back then) and make a request that could potentially get herself killed. Double yikes.
Esther had a choice to make. Rather than choosing what was easy, what was comfortable; she chose to risk everything to save her people. With boldness, she approached the king, and ended up saving the Jews from annihilation.
"If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father's family will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"
Esther 4: 14 CSB
Let's be real. Most days, I am perfectly content just staying in my pj's, watching Gilmore Girls, and eating Mexican food on my couch. Sometimes those lazy Netflix days are much needed. However, we as Christian women have been strategically placed in our current season and location for such a time as this. Just like God had a plan and a purpose for Esther, He has a plan and wants to use us as well! And often times, that doesn't include Netflix and instead means that we have to do the hard stuff. Whether that's stepping out of your comfort zone to start a new ministry, teach a Sunday School class, or have a hard conversation with a friend. It often takes courage and is not always comfortable, but in the end it is so worth it.
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something terrifyingly out of your comfort zone?? Something you feel like you'd never be able to do on your own? So did Esther. But just like Esther, you have been placed in your current season of life for a purpose. And through it all, just like God strengthened Esther for the task, He will do the same for you. We just need to muster up the courage to say "yes Lord" and let Him lead.
I am cheering you on as you choose to be courageous in whatever God is asking you to do! Is it easy? Not always. But it is my prayer that you would be brave and bold for the glory of God, for such a time as this.
Choosing courage over comfort with you,
“This is our time on the history line of God. This is it. What will we do with the one deep exhale of God on this earth? For we are but a vapor and we have to make it count. We’re on. Direct us, Lord, and get us on our feet.”