I want to write about an orphan I read about today. You probably know who it is, but it might take you a minute to realize that you do. Here are a few hints.
She was beautiful.
She was brave.
She was prayerful.
She was a wife to a king and a daughter of the King.
She became queen at a vital time in her nation's history.
She literally saved TONS of lives.
Her name begins with an "E."
And yes, she was an orphan.
It's Biblical Esther. I had completely forgotten for the LONGEST time that she was actually an orphan. Her story has inspired me, and doubtless many, many others...in fact, there have been more manuscripts of that book of the Bible found than any other . The main theme that resonates with me from her story is "for such a time as this". Because we ALL are here, NOW, for such a time as this. Whatever time that is!!
Esther had two names. The first is her Persian name, Esther, which means star. This reminds me of this passage of Scripture, in Philippians 2:15-16: "so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." I LOVE that passage!! Esther really lived it out. She shone like a star in her country, in her time, and in her position.
Her other name was her Hebrew name, which meant "myrtle." Myrtle is a plant that has, you guessed it, a STAR-SHAPED FLOWER. It is very fragrant, but has a bad taste. (: This reminds me that a lot of times, the things we are called to do seem difficult, but are really fragrant as an offering to God. Again, I think Esther lived that out.
Something that makes Esther's story in the BIble unique is that in that entire book, in all 10 chapters, God's name is never used...DIRECTLY. He is still present, though never directly mentioned. But even though His Name is never directly mentioned in the book, He is CLEARLY the MAIN CHARACTER in Esther's story. Don't you want that too? Don't you want GOD to be the main character in YOUR story? Because YOUR story reaches many others...and so God will too, through your story, if He is involved in it.
I had forgotten that Esther was an orphan. She was "adopted" by her cousin, Mordecai, who had an incredible influence on her life. What would have happened if he had not "adopted" her and had this influence? Would thousands of Jews have been saved from a mass-killing that Esther helped stop with God and Mordecai? The influence we can have on somebody can have an amazing, unexpected affect...regardless if it's for an orphan or not.
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 royal position for such a time as this? -Esther 5:14
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