Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Easter 4:13-14
Here in Esther chapter 4, Esther has a decision to make. She could either stand up for her people, the Jews, who were going to be killed because of Haman’s hatred, or she could remain silent out of fear. If she chose to remain silent, God would send someone else to save the Jews, but she and her family would be killed. If she stood up to the king, she risked losing her life much like Queen Vashti. She had an incredibly difficult choice to make.
It is not as though God needed Esther to carry out His plan and save the Jews, but He wanted to use her for her good and for His glory. God Almighty sovereignly controls all things and can will anything to happen. That’s why Acts 17:25 reminds us, “nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” God created us and the world we live in. Nothing happens outside of his plan or control. Even through He does not need us, God wants to use us, so He gives us opportunities to serve Him. And just like Esther, He places us right where we need to be at the right time so that He can use us.
Esther chose to be used by God, and she became a part of something great. She was able to help her people live. When faced with a challenge, will you rise up and fight for what is right?
I enjoyed creating this page so much. When I first saw the crown in the stamp set and the gold detail on the washi tape, I knew instantly that I wanted to try embossing. This was my first time using embossing powders, and I absolutely loved it. The effect it gives a page is gorgeous. I started out by using VersaMark Watermark ink stamp pad and a Ranger ink blending tool to create a gilded border. I daubed the blending tool in the ink and rubbed it along the edge of the bible page. Then I would pour Ranger embossing powder along the edge, remove the extra powder, and then set with my heat tool. I worked in small sections around the page. Then I stamped an image of a girl using an Illustrated Faith stamp onto the page using VersaFine ink in Onyx Black. While I waited for the ink to dry, I used a stamp from the set and embossed it onto one of the banner stickers. I used the EK Powder Tool and brushed it across the stamped image to make sure that the embossing powder would not stick to places that I did not want it. Then, I took the VersaMark Watermark ink and the crown stamp from the kit and embossed a crown on the girl’s head. I used the stickers and alpha stickers to write out a small section of the verse. I underlined the verse and added my date stamp.