Have you ever had someone confront you in love? I have.
Her voice dripped with love, but her words were direct and to the point. I had a choice. I could let my pride control my response, or I could truly listen to what she was saying. My pride really wanted to lash out. But God helped me to see that what she was saying was true. This sweet lady wasn’t correcting me because she thought she was better than me, but because she loved me. She cared enough to get out of her comfort zone and confront me. She cared enough to warn me.
As I sit here trying to come up with the words to explain this verse, the only word I keep coming up with is “unique.” This time period is like the huge crescendo of a powerful piece of music or the climax of a great film. It makes me think of Mordecai and Esther.
Esther was a unique person for a unique task. A peculiar person for a peculiar task. God had placed her in the right place at the right time and had given her the right situation and qualifications to fulfill that task.
When I was growing up, I didn’t have the best of home situations. My family was lost, and boy did we act like it! Arguing, fighting… there was drinking… it wasn’t pretty. When I was 17 my parents divorced. Our home was broken. Our family was shattered.
I remember as I was growing up, I struggled with feeling like I belonged anywhere. When my parents finally separated, I had no sense of security. My parents loved me for sure. I don’t blame them. I was just as guilty! But that sense of family unity was always missing. In our family, it was every man for himself. We just didn’t know any better. We didn’t know the love of Christ.
But I also remember when I surrendered my life to Christ, repented of my sin, and trusted Him alone for salvation, everything changed.
Surrounding our house is a tall wall. At the top of the wall there is fencing, spikes, nails, and broken glass. There are two gates. One is large enough for a vehicle. It also has a built-in walk-in gate. The other gate is a walk-in gate. Both gates are locked from the inside.
When we first moved here, it took a while for me to get use to the wall. It felt like a cage. But the longer we have lived here, the more I realize and appreciate its true purpose. It is there for protection… our protection. It has protected us from protestors, robbers, kids throwing water balloons, kids throwing firecrackers, dogs, Hindu priests…