The day began like a normal wedding day, except for one thing . . .no wedding gown.
My wedding gown was coming from Pennsylvania to Texas via my older sister, whose flight was scheduled for that morning. You can imagine my surprise, disappointment, and sheer panic when I learned that a blizzard had grounded all flights. This meant that my sister, Mary, and wedding gown would not make an appearance that day! Faced with those details, what was this bride to do, but search for a new wedding gown to wear later that day?
Feeling a little overwhelmed, my mother, twin sister, and I went shopping, looking for a bridal gown replacement. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle to this young bride to be. We found a bridal store and began the search for a gown to be worn that night. Within a few minutes I located one on the rack that I really liked… well, loved would be a better description of how I felt.
I took the gown into the dressing room to try it on and to my amazement it fit perfectly. I walked out into the store, stepped up on the platform with the mirrors to see it better and the saleswomen spoke these works, “It looks like that gown was made for you!” to which I replied, “That’s perfect because I am wearing it tonight!” Such a sweet memory in my life about God’s provision just at the right time.
When I read the story of Esther, I see a woman who was made for her moment in her life that would affect history. Do you remember how it happened?
Esther was a young Jewish woman who was adopted and raised by her older cousin Mordecai, following her parent’s death. Mordecai was originally from Jerusalem but had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar as were many Jews. Now, a new king was in power named King Xerxes, and during the third year of his reign he held a six-month celebration throughout the land (127 Providences) followed by a seven-day banquet at the palace garden. The men and women were separated during the banquet so his wife, Queen Vashti, had her own party. At the end of the seven days King Xerxes asked Vashti to be brought to him so he could display her beauty for all to see, but she refused. Her refusal brought swift consequences; she was banished from the king permanently. After three years the king, listening to the advice of those in power around him, began a search for a young woman to become the new queen. Knowing what had happened to Queen Vashti, made the honor of being named queen both amazing and frightening at the same time.
Esther was chosen to be one, among many young women, to go to the palace for a time of preparation for the opportunity to become queen. There were no guarantees. The preparation process took at least twelve months, the goal being an audience with the king. For twelve months she prepared “for the moment” and her preparation paid off. The king was smitten by Esther and chose to crown her queen. “And they lived happily ever after” . . . NOT. You see, God had His hand on Esther’s life and the “preparation was for an expectation.” God had set her up … or “created her for this moment in history.”
The Jewish people were about to be annihilated, and Esther was a Jew, although the king had not known that fact. Haman, a wicked man who worked for the king, had put together a plot to have ALL Jewish people killed. When Mordecai, Esther’s uncle learned of the plot, he shared the news with Esther. Mordecai asked Esther to approach the king on behalf of the Jews, but the problem was that the king had not called for Esther for more than thirty days, AND if you approached the king without being summoned, you could be killed.
Esther was afraid; who wouldn’t be? Mordecai speaks these words to Esther in chapter 4, verse 14:“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
I can’t image the fear Esther faced, but after prayer and fasting she approached the king and through divine intervention, the Jews were saved. In that “moment,” she stepped into the very thing the she had been created for, her divine destiny.
I love the saying “Do it afraid.” I believe all of us face times in our life where God speaks loudly these simple words, “You were created for this.” The next step is our choice. Do we say, “No thank you,” or do we say, “Yes Lord, I’m afraid, but I’ll do it afraid.” If you say “no thank you” the story ends, but if you say “Yes Lord, I’m afraid but I’ll do it afraid,” then the story has a chance to continue and in time become His-Story, and you will accomplish the God sized plan He has for your life.
What could happen in 2019 if you and I embrace the truth that we are “Created for This,” whatever that means in our lives? Each of us is different, and God has different stories for all our lives, BUT, He wants to do amazing things in us and through us.
If you are afraid . . .then, “do it afraid”. . . but DO It!
You were Created for This.