In the first chapter and the last, Esther is not mentioned in the book that is named after her. I just found that curious. The ending chapter of Esther mentions both the fame and fortune that King Xerxes and Mordecai received, but there’s not a single mention of the lady who was instrumental in making it all happen. Ladies get the shaft like that sometimes, but as a lady myself, I have to remind myself (constantly) that not getting a pat on the back and a day in the spotlight sometimes is a blessing in itself. I guess, too, I’m kind of the kind of person who doesn’t mind helping to get something done and not getting any recognition for it. I’m generally satisfied in the fact that whatever it was that needed doing got done. And I hope that’s how Esther felt, too. I mean, I’m sure if she ever read all this she might have tasted some bitterness. I get that. I didn’t say I don’t sulk once in a while. And I never said that when I do get recognized I’m not super excited about it. I am. It’s the greatest feeling in the world. But it’s also the greatest feeling in the world knowing that your actions, whether recognized or not, made someone else feel a little bit better for a moment or two. And maybe other than “God always puts us in the right place at the right time,” humbleness was the biggest lesson I learned from Esther this go-round.
And speaking of this go-round, if you have been reading with us from he beginning, you have now read about one-third of the Bible! That’s pretty cool. And with the end of Esther, we begin a new phase of Scripture and a whole new style of writing – poetry! Oh, poetry. It’s rough some days. But on other days, it’s what all the good stuff is made of. And we’re going to tackle the next several chapters together with grace and the Holy Spirit guiding us. I love you all, and God loves you way more.
Writing prompt: lesson learned
Esther is full of all kinds of good lessons. Write about the one that stood out for you the most while reading this book.