Us and Esther: What a time to be alive


Leanne Eckhart, writer

When was the last time you heard someone proclaim that the end of time is here?

The conversation probably started with a sigh, 20 seconds of typing, and then a picture shoved into the face, followed by another sigh. A depressing photo involving either politics, a major catastrophe, a death, or even a genetically modified vegetable of sorts.

Nowadays, it seems like the end of times talk has turned us into statues. Reality is hard to face, and the more events in life that go wrong, the more frozen we become.

In the Bible, Esther also faced an uncertain future. One could definitely say that her life did not go as planned. She went from being stripped of her only family left, to becoming the Queen to a King with hundreds of concubines and many wives, to saving the entire Jewish population.

When the Jews are threatened with a plan of destruction formed by Haman, the man higher than all of the other royal officials, no one would be able to save the people of Israel besides Esther. In her time of desperation, she is told, β€œβ€˜And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’” (Esther 4:14).

How true is this for the chaotic times we live in today. Perhaps WE were born for such a time as this. WE were chosen to further the message of salvation in a time where it is needed most. Instead of spending our time petrified by the sound of reality, let us take the hope of Jesus Christ to all who are lost.