Thursday, September 17, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Women Liberator of the People of God

Rena Titus
St. John's MTC, NY


3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me—that is my petition—and the lives of my people—that is my request.


 
Too often we feel that we are too small or too insignificant to make a difference in this world. As a woman, this is even more pronounced. There is a thought that we don’t have an opportunity to make a difference, and that sometimes it is not even worth the effort.


Queen Esther found her way to a position that set her apart, and allowed her the chance to do something great, although this was not clear to her at the time. She, like many of us, had her reservations and was ready to make excuses, until her cousin Mordecai enlightened her. “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 your royal position for such a time as this?”
Mordecai reminds us that God’s will supersedes the limitations we place on ourselves.  Esther made the decision to take the chance of approaching King Xerxes, aware of what the punishment could be and unsure of what would become of her for taking this action. She fasted and beseeched her people to do the same for her. She found favor in the King’s eyes and her action and petition for her people saved them from destruction. By stepping out in faith, and trusting God’s plan, she saved her  people.
A supervisor once gifted me a book named  “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss as I began my professional career. I now enjoy passing this book on to other friends as they take the next big step in their professional lives. The book often reminds me of taking the chance to believe in oneself even when there is no guarantee of what the outcome will be.
God has given us the ability to be architects of change. Like Esther, we are capable of moving mountains.  We just need to take that first step, as she did.

 

 

PRAYER

Father God, allow us to take time to reflect on the fact that You have placed us exactly where You want us to be, and in the circumstance that You see fit for us. Whether this is a difficult place or joyous place, let us look to You and step out in faith to accomplish Your will and purpose for our lives.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss