The stories in the Bible most times feature a male figure. But if we search with open eyes we readily see that women of influence are completely woven into the God Story. Rather than searching for prominent women by today’s standards, it is best we observe the women in the Story who wielded power for good. Taken together God’s women are the tapestry or “color” in history. Not to mention the fact that by and large it is women who “rock the cradle” and set into motion the life of every male who has ever lived – or ever will! Even Jesus’ mother embraced her mom role of nurturer, observer, and treasurer (Luke 2:51).
Esther’s story is yet another time in history where women are exploited for what they could bring to a man. But like all of God’s chosen women, she makes the choice to risk everything for what is right. And her loving uncle covers her and guides her into unimaginable success. While her chosen risk was great, her actions spared uncounted numbers of lives, and earned her a place in the handbook for what is good.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” – Esther 4.14
Burnadette and I feel compelled to ask the question: “do we have the courage to follow God in the face of great risk of personal loss?”