The story of Esther is often defined by one exchange that occurs between Mordecai and Esther. Mordecai had this ability to be often be in the right place at the right time. This happens early in the story with a terrible man named Haman. Haman is the story’s villain because when Mordecai refuses to bow down to him, Haman wants to kill Mordecai and his people. Upon learning of this, Mordecai runs to the temple courts to pass along a message to Esther, which is where we get the famous exchange about Esther being appointed at this place for this moment.
It is easy to see this as this only lesson to be taught from the book but I promise you there is so much more. Throughout the entire book of Esther, the name of God is not mentioned once. And this has been a point of contention for a lot people throughout history regarding whether or not the book should be included since the name of God is absent. And although the name of God not appear, God certainly shows up. Throughout the entire book, God is working in the lives of Mordecai and Esther placing them in situations and circumstances in which they can trust and honor God through their actions. It is powerful reminder that we are never alone.
How often do we experience feelings of abandonment? We throw our hands up and say, “God where are you!?” In times like these, we might need to slow down and reexamine the story of Esther. In her story, God never abandons his people and continues to work behind the scenes to protect and empower those who trust in him. And that is what makes this story special. It serves as yet another reminder that God is always at work even when we cannot see it.