Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Queen Esther had lived a life of tragedy and heartbreak long before she was crowned Queen of Persia. When she enters the story in Esther Chapter 2, she is called ‘an orphan in her cousin’s house’. At this point in her life, she had lost her mother, the one who would care for her; her father, the one who would provide and eventually secure her a husband, and because she was one of the exiled Jews, stolen from her homeland, she was an outcast.
She had been through heartbreak, loss, loneliness and rejection.
So, as an orphan child growing up in her (much older) cousin’s home, I could bet you a million dollars that she never, in her wildest dreams, imagined that she would one day sit on the Persian throne as Queen. Let alone be an inspirational figure, in her own story still read 2000 years later by women (and men) across the globe.
So, as a young girl lying in bed at night, what would she pray for?
Maybe a mother? Or a family?
Maybe the security of a husband?
Or maybe she prayed for God to show her who she really is.
When she was pulled into the service of the king, loved and chosen by him, I imagine that she would have felt relief to finally find her place in the world. But unbeknownst to her, her greatest challenge was still to come.
She couldn’t have possibly known that her people and her very life was soon to be stake. Nor would she have imagined that she would be the saviour.
Esther’s life wasn’t exactly a fairy tale. It was full of pain and loss, she had been torn from her comfort zone, and thrown thoroughly into the deep end of a murder plot. If I were in her shoes, I know I probably would have asked God, “God, are you sure you know what you’re doing? This is not where I thought I would be!”
But maybe this is why God chose her?
She had spent her entire life trusting Him – for she had no one else. The trials of her childhood had produced courage, wisdom and obedience. She had learnt to trust in Him and the wisdom of her cousin, Mordecai.
“…and if I perish, I perish” were her words.
She put her life, and the life of her people, not in the king’s hands but in Her God’s hands.
So, what does this have to do with you and your business?
Maybe you’re wondering why God has called you to this time, to this place. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re even on the path that He wants you on. To our eyes, it seems that maybe things should be different by now.
Jesus said, “You didn’t choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last, because whatever you ask of my Father, for my sake, He will give it to you.”
God has called you and commissioned you for such a time as this.
To be commissioned means to be chosen by an official body with authority to do something. And that ‘something’ is to go into the world to bear fruit.
Your calling (and I believe you lovely lady reading this, also means your business), is the answer this world is seeking. We might have started our business to feed our family or build our future, and this is honourable, but we have been called for something greater than ourselves. God has endued you with His authority to make waves, provide solutions, and to inspire others and to change lives.
Esther submitted to God in a time that looked hopeless. But she did what God had taught her to do her entire life. She laid her plans at His feet and said; ‘I trust you Lord. I can’t see what you are doing but I know you are good and faithful.’ And because of her obedience she saved a nation.
God is calling you to walk in the authority He has placed on your life, to action out the calling He has created for you. To trust Him in this time is to build courage, wisdom, and obedience, for this time and the times to come.♥