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?’ Continue reading “Reversal Changes”