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…through the [Lord Jesus Christ] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5.2
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4.14
I knew I couldn’t spend another season at our farm. I felt as though I was suffocating through my daily life. I told my husband, if I don’t get out of here I am going to die in this yellow recliner! Yes, that was a dramatic statement, YET, I also knew the importance of my self-preservation. We packed the house, and we moved 90 minutes south. Out of the mountains and into a downtown flat. It was a month of tense living as we awaited a date for the closing of our home and land. The sun was shining every day. The temperatures were warm. The sidewalks called my name every single morning. It was wonderful. And, then, a closing date. We drove up the mountain one more time to sign papers and leave keys. We were experiencing God’s favor. The next day, the buyers did the same and took possession. We left a bottle of champagne chilling in the refrigerator with a box of crackers and a block of cheese. WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME!
She was the new Queen and she wasn’t one-hundred percent positive what her king’s reaction would be. But do it she must. Her people were going to be annihilated if she did nothing at all. Or, perhaps she would be killed AND her people destroyed. Yet, she had to try. Her name was Hadassah, we call her Esther. She has her very own book in the Old Testament by the same name. She was brave. She had courage. She did the unthinkable. She did what she knew was right, regardless of the outcome. IF she did nothing at all the result would be tragic.
She prayed. She fasted. AND, she had her people pray and fast also. The moment came. Her faith had feet and she went, uninvited, into the king’s inner court. You could have heard a pin drop – or more likely a sword drawn. She stood for a moment, which seemed like a lifetime to all within the court. Her heart raced, her hands shook. For my people, for my people, O Jehovah, whispered under her breath.
With eyes closed she waited to be struck dead or to be given approval. She felt the breeze of a swift movement – the scepter. She reached out and touched the top of the cold metal. Favor. She was granted favor.
Favor from the king.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, YOU are my King. Like Esther, I come to You knowing You have my very best interest at heart. You, O King, have plans to give me hope and a future. You, O God, make me brave and bold and strong and when I blow it? And, I do, Your grace is there to catch me. Your hope is there to hold me. Your scepter is within my reach. I love You so. Amen.