Recently, I have been studying the book of Esther along with other women from the “The Eternal Answer (TEA) Party” using Beth Moore’s study guide. Even before we began the study, I was already excited to do it because I love Esther’s story. Who doesn’t? I mean, just imagine an orphaned girl becoming a queen. Every woman loves stories like that. But I was in for a surprise. There was more to Esther’s rags to riches story than I thought. And I love what God is showing me through another lens revealing angles I have never seen before.
Esther, who lost both of her parents, grew up in the care of her uncle was not exactly free of pain; I bet she wasn’t exactly proud of growing up an orphan. But God chose her.
“God chose you not in spite of your history, but because of it.” – Beth Moore
This one hit me hard. My history is not exactly as simple as growing up with Mama and Papa. But God chose me. He chose me not in spite of my history, but because of it. Wow!…God definitely spoke to my heart through the words of Beth and the story of Esther. I now see that everything in my life is for a reason. God is using who I am, what I am, and what I will become to show His mercy, His love, and His glory. And that my sister is more than comforting to me — that to me is AWESOME!
I want you to know that if He can use Esther, if He can use somebody like me, then He can definitely use YOU. Know that He is at work in your life, just wait and see.