Esther: Heroine? Fool? Insane? Psycho? What would be your description? Anyone who has read the book of Esther knows the outcome of the story. *Spoiler alert ahead* She enters an impossible battle, it looks as though she will probably die, but she wins in the end and the enemy is defeated and killed. Knowing the end of the story we can all proudly say we would call her a heroine. If that same scenario were unfolding today say…with your sister, your niece, your husband or wife…would you encourage such action?
Esther wasn’t willing to remain quiet. There were thousands of lives at stake. She drew on the courage that comes only from above and she fasted THREE DAYS with no food or water. Can you imagine? She gathered the Jewish people, plus her assistants, to fast with her. Concentrated shared fasting and praying is affective. You will see how successful this effort was in the end.
Knowing more than likely she would die, she went through the painfully frightening progression of approaching the king, planning and executing the banquets, and well…read the story and you will find out all she went through. (Esther-Holy Bible) But in the end because of her unwillingness to remain quiet, a whole generation was saved. Thousands of lives would continue on as families, babies were born, marriages endured, family outings were shared, holidays were celebrated, and who could believe how Esther and her family were blessed?God blesses good decisions. He also blesses those moments when we step outside our comfort zone on nothing but a wing and a prayer and trust Him and only Him.
One of my favorite quotes is by Theodore Roosevelt, “Better to dare mighty things and fail, than to live in a gray twilight where there is neither victory nor defeat.”
How would millions of lives be different today had Esther remained quiet and stayed comfortable in a gray twilight? What are you keeping quiet about? Use Esther as an example of what could happen in the end. Don’t avoid your passion because it may be too controversial, or too dangerous, or too political, or people will think you’re crazy. Staying in a comfort zone is boring. Be counted among the “Esthers” of the world who have risked it all and were blessed beyond belief for it!