Fear can be absolutely paralyzing. About seven years ago, I was given the opportunity of a life time – I was in China, and I was climbing up the Great Wall. The problem was, I am PETRIFIED of heights. The higher I climbed, the thinner the air got, the harder it became to breathe. Instead of moving forward, I sat down. People were bustling around me. I felt out of shape (which I was) and scared. Going down was harder than going up. I could see how high I had come – and so I went down on my bottom – one stair at a time. Picture a small child climbing down stairs – and that is how I was climbing down. My fear had crippled me. Over the next few years, I would go back a few times. Yet, the last time I went – I had this gut feeling that I may never come this way again. I spent months preparing. I lost weight. I made getting into shape a priority. There was a sacrifice- but it was a choice I made, and there was nothing better then when I was standing at the top.
This week, we have looked into the book of Esther. Pride ran free in the land of Susa – and pride got a lot of people into trouble! Then, we met the orphan girl Esther, and her cousin Mordecai. Below are some of my thoughts on what happens in Esther 1-4.
As we saw – Esther had some big choices to make. She counted the cost of her choice, she looked at her priorities, she prayed and prepared, and she moved. We are faced with the same thing when God places an opportunity before us. He has called us to Go into the World, sharing His love and salvation with all those we meet. Yet, often when we count the cost – it is too high. The cost of obedience is NOTHING compared to the cost of disobedience. The safest place we can be is right in the very place God has us. Even if it is scary. Even if we don’t know how we will get down – and it seems like no one is with us. We must take action and go as God commands.
Where are you at sweet sisters? Are you facing a mountain – or a wall – that seems hard to overcome? Is there a situation you are facing, that you just don’t feel prepared to face? Oh, friend. You are not in this alone. Even when God seems silent, he is there – behind the scenes. Even though He is behind the scene-God is the main player. He wrote the story – and He knows how it will end. We must trust Him, and move in courage and faith. I am often reminded of the children’s song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” While I know that to be true – I personalize it. He has MY whole world in His hands. He has YOUR whole world in His hands. Have faith my friend. He’s got this.
Check out the rest of the Good Morning Girls Team (and some of my favorite bloggers) as they have taken a deeper look at Esther
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