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Author: Elaine Roub, from the Charis Community in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Happily Ever After: Just Do It!

In the book of Esther it says, “Mordecai had these events written down and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far… telling them to observe the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar as holidays every year.  These were the days on which the Jews had rid themselves of their enemies; this was a month that had been turned from a time of grief and despair into a time of joy and happiness. They were told to observe these days with feasts and parties… Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai, also wrote a letter, putting her full authority behind the letter about Purim…” (Esther 9:20-31)

What would have been certain death and destruction for the Jewish people turned into a celebration, the jolly Festival of Purim, that is still commemorated by Jews to this day. Both Mordecai and Esther, elevated to positions of respect and authority within Xerxes’ kingdom, sent official letters which actually instructed the people to party, celebrate and send gifts to one another!

Someone once said that a hero is someone who steps through fear into obedience, and then leaves the results up to God. What do you think would have happened if Esther had stayed in her ivory tower, pretended those Jews weren’t her responsibility, and sought to keep her queenly life as comfortable as possible? Possibly the news of a Jewish orphan becoming queen would have earned itself a verse or two somewhere in the Bible, with no names or festivals attached to it.

I often ask myself the question, “What if I hadn’t paid attention to that nudge from God to move to Northern Ireland, or to talk to my neighbour at his gate that day, or to offer the small sacrifice of my time late at night, or to...?” Those small choices will never get me into a history book or create a national party. But the answer I find when I ask that question is worth it all: Think what I would have missed if I’d said NO instead of YES!

Sometime today, you’ll have a chance to step through fear into obedience. Follow Esther’s example and just do it. It’s so worth it.


Scripture quotations from The Good News Bible, © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK, Good News Bible ©. American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.

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