This past week was the celebration of Purim in Jewish communities around the world. It’s a celebration that anyone who has read the Christian Bible is familiar with as well because the story is told in the book of Esther. The story is noteworthy for many reasons, but it all boils down to a queen (a woman) stepping up for her people (Jews) and stopping an evil plot that would have been one of the earlier examples of genocide. Because of her bravery she has been remembered throughout the spiritual histories of both Christians and Jews.
This story of deliverance is an excellent example of the way that one person can step up and do something great for many people. Esther took a big risk by pleading for not only her life but the life of her people before the king. While most of us are not in the position of great power and responsibility that she was, we can still learn from her courage and her story.
Royalty in that day and age wasn’t always a by-birth thing. Esther grew up a normal girl who got picked to be queen, she didn’t know her life would take that turn. We don’t know where the journey we’re on will take us. We can make some educated guesses based on the decisions we’re making and things we see showing up in our lives. Most of us do have the power to change that path if we’re not happy with it or if we want something different/better/else. If an ordinary girl can become queen, I have to believe that the options for the rest of us are just about endless. What will you choose to do with your future?