The other day I was witness to a story of young lady whose life has been transformed in the past two months since she came back to Christ. There’s a lightness, a spirit of giddiness even, emanating from her every posture.
And it took me back 5 years ago to when I submerged myself in baptism, feeling light, free, and full of an endless horizon of hope.
Then months later the first crisis hit and enveloped me in a season of confusion and darkness.
I think of the many circumstances the Jewish people endured, often exiled into lands unknown, facing terrors I cannot even fathom.
When Persian King Xerxes reigned over 127 provinces from the citadel of Susa, a decree was issued to slaughter all the Jewish people living within the borders of the Persian Empire. (473 B.C) Also the decree, obtained and executed by the Kings prime minister, Haman, included confiscation of the Jews property.
All the Jewish people to die. Not even the women and children excluded.
And all property to be taken.
Dead and left with nothing.
Can you imagine the terror?
In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes. Esther 4:3
We see daily now in our newspapers, our social media feeds, and televised current events of people, women and children included, persecuted, slaughtered, killed for their faith. And images of survivors fleeing in terror.
And we may wonder, ‘Is there hope in this? Can it be changed?’
In our daily lives, although we may not be under the constant terror of an attack from extremists, we may be one living in our own internal misery. In a darkness that we are not sure is going to end.
We may be weeping over the loss of loved one.
We may be wailing over the loneliness after another broken relationship.
We may be fasting, searching desperately for a solution to a situation that seems hopeless.
It feels like more than I can handle
It seems so hard to be hopeful
And all I ask is for a different path
Every way I know is a struggle
Jason Castro-Rise to You
We may be crying out to God for a different path as our circumstances seem like they are not going to change.
Receiving that decree from their King in a land that they were exiled to, I wonder how hopeless the Jewish people may have felt. How, they may have wondered, at such a time as this, could they change their path?
And I wonder; did they question if they would ever feel again a spirit of lightness , of happiness and joy, gladness and honor?
Unknown to them though, behind the wall of the King’s court, their beautiful and young queen Esther, was risking her own life to save theirs.
Unknown to them a change, a reversal of the decree was beginning to transpire.
Queen Esther held two banquets for her husband Xerxes, and her adversary, Haman. At the second banquet, she pleaded for her people and exposed Haman of his evil-doings causing a cessation of events that changed the decree.
But the decree could not be canceled due to the law. However another decree was issued granting the Jews the right to protect and defend themselves.
Can you imagine the relief?
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. Esther 8:16
The path they were on had not changed but now there was hope.
And their weeping and wailing, and fasting reversed into happiness and joy, gladness and honor.
Their time of darkness turned into lightness, and their spirits reversed into happiness.
Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. Psalm 139:12
Dear sister or brother, if you are enduring a time of darkness, know that our God is also a God of reversals. Although our path may not change, our circumstances continuing to still bring us hard days ahead, there is light in the darkness.
And did you know that the Hebrew word ‘lightness’ also mean ‘happiness?’
So when that reversal happens, allow yourself to feel that bliss of happiness. Bask in your joyful spirit, praising the One who is always working behind the scenes for you.
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Would you like prayer for a reversal you would like to see in your circumstances? Or is there a reversal that occurred in your life that we can celebrate with a Hallelujah?
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