I think as women we all have this desire to be special, loved, chosen. We don't want people to feel obligated to be in our lives, we want them to choose to be in our lives. However we can often find ourselves in a place where this desire can consume us even to a place where we feel we need certain labels, positions, or even people in our lives in order to feel special, loved, or chosen.
A lot of women carry around negative labels, and good labels, but when we look to these labels to define our identity (whether they are good or bad) it is most definitely a dangerous place to be.
Esther had many names and labels growing up and I love how Esther never allowed these labels to define who she was. It didn't stop her from submitting to the call God had placed on her life, or even from submitting to those in authority over her.
I think Esther received a taste of God's amazing providence over her life when her parents passed away and she became an orphan. In Esther's loss we SEE God move in a mighty way to build a foundation of trust with Her by providing her with a loving home.
Lately I have been noticing that even though life always seems unreliable (the temporary always is) God is certainly going out of His way to show me that I can rely on Him, and trust in Him. I love how God is always inviting us into a more faith filled relationship with Him. He can't step out of the boat for us, but He can give us the power to walk on water!
Esther had to say YES to so many opportunities that came her way! When we live a chosen life like Esther we learn that the plans that God for us are not only strategic, but they are also for a mighty purpose. Labels and fear do not stop us from pursuing this call that God has placed on our life. We learn to trust not only God, but also the leaders in our life simply because we know they are there for a reason.
The beauty of Esther is that she trusted God above anyone, and anything. In that trust she knew the people in her life, and the opportunities that arose, were all apart of His plan for her life. I think of all that Esther lost, and then I am blessed by all that she gained simply because she trusted God enough to submit her life to HIM!
Esther knew that her purpose went above her desires and above the labels that were placed on her. She knew that these labels did not determine her destiny, and nor should her desires be set above obedience, and her worship, to God. In that she found the strength and confidence to accomplish what God had planned for her life, which was truly so much greater than she could have ever imagined.
Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.