Her head lay low…

This morning, as I pour over Psalms, I am reminded of Esther. Her account is told in the Book of Esther. I am reminded about how God took a young Israelite girl and caused a ruthless King Xerxes to find favor in her.

It was her demeanor and the way she held herself. It was the path that God lay for her.

I especially remember when she was summoned by the leaders of her people to go before King Xerxes, a charge punishable by death. She had to go before her king to save her people from Hamman.

In the movie, she walks in and begins to walk toward the king, head down, humbled posture. As she approaches the king, all is watching as many demand she be executed. But then, King Xerxes raises his sceptor, a sign to let her go. With head down, she is allowed to speak.

Esther requests that if it pleases the king might she prepare a banquet for him. He grants her request.

King Xerxes had a soft spot for Esther. She was humble yet full of knowledge. He was intrigued by the ways she presented herself. She did not adorn herself with gold and things of the world. She presented herself as lowly and with sentiment. Esther did not present herself as one equal to the king but as lower. It was a sign of respect for his position. It was a sign that she cared about how she held herself and how that she would be interpreted before the king. As a result, she found favor with King Xerxes like none other.

Esther reminds me of how we should approach the Lord in our times of prayer and petition. While God answers our prayer under many circumstances, it is our humbleness that softens Gods heart and leads him to do what seems impossible for him to agree to. Esther faced a great challenge to save her people from Hamman, because Hamman was an advisor of the king.

But it was Ethers humbleness that allowed her to approach the king, and it was his love for her that caused him to grant her requests.

It makes me think about how I might approach the Lord. What really touches Gods heart? In light of Esther’s story, what do you think will prick Gods heart to do the unimaginable?

Go forth and be blessed, my friends.

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Amidst the chaos, He is

The last few weeks, my family has been reading the Book of Job. This morning as I awaken, I began to reflect on those first few chapters and how much Job went through.

In a still small voice, God reminded me that He is here, walking us through it all. God has not been caught unaware. As my husband and I reflect on the past few months, we find substantial evidence of God’s provision.

Before moving to Canada – 7 years ago – God had been giving me messages to “get back to the basics”. Getting back to basics would lead me to learn how to bake bread, how to keep a long term pantry, how to can and freeze extra food, garden, and even how to make a healthy, hearty meal out of little, all things that I really had no clue before.

While this new normal can be difficult, I cannot help but to feel blessed that God has given us this knowledge. This knowledge has led us to make some very wise decisions that places us in a better situation than we would have been.

In my reflections this morning, I was also given a revelation. I’ve heard stories about Wuhan, China and how now, they are actually experiencing Spring outside their windows with birds singing and landing on their window seals for them to be seen and heard; this is unusual for Wuhan as pollution has kept them away. Even in Italy, there are stories of fish surfacing in the canals to be seen by all within view of them. There are signs of health in places that haven’t seen it in a long time.

The message God gave me was that while their is an evil virus amongst us, He is allowing a reset. It is as if the rocks have been crying out for restoration, and God is allowing nature to heal. It is a beautiful gift from God in these perilous times. It reminds me that we are not forgotten. God is with us, and He knows our every need. I’ve always believed that He knew what was best for me, and I trust that He knows what is best for mankind.

This leads me to this question: could it be that while some suffer of the Covid-19, others don’t because of their faith in and submission to God? Or could some of these cases be God’s mercy so that God can reveal his love to them. Every case is different, and it’s not up to me to judge. We shouldn’t really, but it is God’s love for humanity and his provision that I am looking for – evidence that He is working in us all. I’m searching for the beginning of that end time revival that God’s Word speaks of. I know that if I keep searching, I will find it. You never know, I may have already found it.

Keep your eyes on Jesus friends, and this too shall pass, rather quickly I believe.

Go forth and be blessed my friends.