Yesterday, after having had a very hectic week, I took a moment to chill down and I thought to myself “A good movie would be just what I need in this moment”. But because I was low on stamina, instead of watching a full 1 hour movie, I decided to browse through one of my favourite movies, which takes its storyline from one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible – the story of Esther. Whether you believe in God or not, I strongly suggest that you take time to read the story of Esther if you haven’t already. Not only is it a great read, but it also inspires hope, saying that no matter how bad a situation is, when you have faith, you will surely find your way out.
What struck me about this story is simply this: When you read or watch the story of Esther, you see how without much drama or venting, the God in whom Esther and her people believed, masterminded events – from Esther making it to the palace as the new queen replacing Vashti who behaved inappropriately towards the King, to putting an end to a conspiracy in place, seeking to end the lives of all Jews living in Persia. How could things have worked so well in favour of the people Esther was representing in the palace? Was this all haphazard? I’m not sure what’s your take on this is but throughout this story, one can see the workings of someone greater and this “Someone” is none other than the Almighty God.
There are many scientific theories out there, many beliefs passed onto us by our parents, or beliefs we adopted ourselves; we have countless experiences we may have been through and all these things summed up together, tell us there is no God! And that our being here on earth is nothing but the result of a cosmic Big-Bang. When I found myself in my most confused state, on the brink of starting to doubt God, this story I’ve just told you about is one that always reassures me that God exist. More than existing, He desires to be in our lives, to remain close to us and guide us in the plans He Himself has put in place for us to walk in. Our lives and every experiences in it are far from being products of randomness.
“It is God who alters the times and seasons, and he removes kings and promotes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21
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