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Isn’t it funny how we read over Scripture and somehow forget that the characters were not just mere names on a page. They were real people, with real feelings, with real pains and pleasures.
Allow yourself to enter the reality of Hadassah’s story.
She was a young girl who had no mother to brush back the hair from her eyes – no daddy to wipe away her tears. We’re not told how old she was when they died, but a child’s heart hurts regardless of when she loses her parents.
“He had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was beautiful and lovely, and when her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.” Esther 2:7 (Amp)
Hadassah was her Jewish name. It meant myrtle. Like the tree, she would prove to be strong and bold; like the plant her life would be flourishing and fragrant. But her purpose would summons her to more than her Jewish namesake implied. She would be Esther – the STAR – bright, brilliant, beautiful and majestic.
It was more than her name – it was her destiny.
Such a big calling on the life of the little orphan girl! A purpose that was greater than she was and beyond what she could do. She was to carefully craft a plan that would deliver her people from certain death. But first, she must come face to face with her enemy.
Her Divinely decreed position placed the fate of a nation in her favored hands. Yes, she had come to the kingdom for such a time as this.
Most of you know the rest of the story. Esther exposed Hamaan’s hideous plot and so he was hanged on the noose he had made for her cousin, Mordecai.
Mordecai moved up in ranks and Esther’s purpose in life was validated. God used her to deliver a nation and bring peace to her people.
One little orphan girl turned the ancient world upside down. One little orphan girl spoiled the enemy’s schemes. One little orphan girl called a nation to fast and pray for her as she prepared to risk her life to set them free. One little orphan girl is forever known as Esther…the STAR. Bright. Brilliant. Beautiful. Majestic.
One little orphan girl was born for such a time as this…
I pray, you too will rise up and be strong. I pray you will take those steps to become who you were created to be. I pray you will know with all your heart that your Redeemer lives and that He has created you – for such a time as this!