As always, I feel super duper excited to be writing to you again. I have to say, I’ve had several moments of doubts when it comes to my writing. I wonder if people are really interested in reading what I have to say. However, I’ve decided to sort that out with God and stop letting the doubts cripple me. So yeah, I’m excited that people will actually get to read this. Btw, that is a story for another day….. I could write about my struggles with blogging, but that’s not the point of today’s post. Let’s get on with the Esther series, shall we?
I don’t mean to keep repeating myself, but Esther’s story has a lot to do with purpose. I didn’t really touch on the idea of purpose last week, so here goes. I can imagine that you expect me to say that Queen Esther fulfilled her purpose and rescued her people because of that. And I can’t argue with that because it’s true. However, allow me to consider an alternate angle to her story.
Often times, our purpose stares us in the face and we take care of it in ways that do not fulfill it. The story of Esther and Mordecai is a great example of this (don’t get me wrong, what Esther did was brave and great). What I’m getting at is that sometimes, we don’t ask the right questions as to how to fulfill our purpose, instead, we just assume we know. If you really want to understand the implication of this, don’t listen attentively when a Nigerian is describing a place to you… you’d find yourself going round and round.
Look at Esther’s response to Mordecai’s mourning in Esther 4:4. She responded by giving him better clothing rather than asking why he was in mourning in the first place. If you’ve ever read the story of Esther, you’d know that Mordecai is a big deal to Esther. So she must have thought that she really needs to see him looking good and befitting a Queen’s family. This seems to be a popular way of responding when we are presented with opportunities to fulfill our purpose. Thank God Esther changed her approach immediately her first line of action didn’t work. How many of us stay in the same position because we are confident that our approach is the right one, and now become confused when things are not going the right way? Shouldn’t we just be like Esther and just ask the right questions? As you do so, you learn more about yourself, and it becomes easy to carry out your assignments. However, make sure you’re asking from the right person. Coz trust me, there are people who are always available to dish out advice.
This is an added bonus- it’s so interesting to connect the dots between Mordecai and God. Mordecai made it possible for Esther to become queen because there is a purpose for her fulfill, just like God has also orchestrated the position we currently are, to fulfill our purpose. So, we have to be like Esther and ask the right questions from the right source.