Great and unexpected work
Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.
- Esther 2:1-2
There are circumstances around us that are beyond our control, that are difficult, that feel limiting or overwhelming.
King Xerxes throughout this story makes life miserable for himself and others. Though he regrets his mistakes, he continues to make them. His perpetual fumbling around leaves him looking foolish, arrogant and weak.
But despite all this, God is at work.
Something has to happen for the person on the margins to be invited into the centers of power. Xerxes foolish actions and subsequent regrets opens the door to bring Esther from the margins of society to the front and center of the story in the space of just a few lines.
And Esther was on the margins of this story. She didn’t even make an appearance in the story that’s named after her until we get almost two chapters in. And, like a rocket, she ascended rapidly.
Esther’s rise was unexpected. She wasn’t’ looking to be queen. But God was positioning her perfectly for the time in which she found herself.
We believe that God’s doing big, huge, global, meta work right now that we each get to be some part of: some parts look bigger, others appear smaller, but none are inconsequential. He’s doing work in and around you that you might not be aware of, that you couldn’t even imagine. And it’s all for your good.
What if you just prayed in faith and blessed God for the work he’s doing to both position you and open doors for you down the road, work that you might discover months and years from now? Could you try that?