"And who knows whether you are not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14).
Perhaps all the young Israelite women who were captives in Persia thought Esther the luckiest woman in the world. She was so beautiful that she had been chosen over thousands to be queen. She had the best house for the king's women, and she had servants to wait upon her. She indeed was the most fortunate of all women.
But maybe all that glittered was not gold. She probably had little freedom. After all, she had not been called to go in to the king for thirty days. What kind of marriage is that? If she failed to obey the king's every wish, she probably would end up like the deposed queen Vashti, or worse.
We don't know whether Esther was happy or not in her new role as queen. But what matters is that guided by her cousin Mordecai, she saved her people. Her act of bravery did not come without fear and trepidation. After fasting for three days, she prepared to go unbidden to see the king. Her unselfish words were, "If I perish, I perish."
We may not live in a palace, but wherever we are, God has work for us to do. Perhaps our Father has some special task for us to perform. Special? Yes. We don't know when some kind word or deed by us will turn someone to God. That someone might become a great worker in God's kingdom.
Who knows whether God has placed us in the right place and the right time to be of great use in His kingdom? Each one of us is important and useful to Him.
- Donna Wittlif, the founder and first editor of BulletinGold, lives in Denver, CO. Donna is also a writer of fiction. Her novels, World Eternal: Promises and World Eternal: Proselytes, and World Eternal: Perils, and her newest book, Finding Her Heart, are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets. For more information visit her website. http://www.donnarwittlif.com/