The plan for your life will often come through unexpected events that push you in a direction you would never have gone on your own. Esther experienced this unexpected push in her life.
The book of Esther opens with a wild seven-day party in the king’s palace. As the icing on the cake, the custom was to bring the queen out to dance. There was nothing unusual about the king asking Queen Vashti to dance; what was unusual was that she refused.
Greatly embarrassed, King Ahasuerus decided to get rid of his queen and find a new one through a national beauty contest. Over one hundred women were selected from the provinces for the king’s consideration. Esther, a young orphan girl, was chosen as one of them.
Sometimes, when things happen that you can’t explain, it lets you know that somebody else is in charge. As Christians, we don’t believe things happen by chance. We believe God’s plan prevails.
Overnight, God placed the orphan girl Esther in the palace.
Esther’s plan for her life probably didn’t include being queen. She probably dreamed of raising a traditional Jewish family. I’m sure she imagined holding hands with her fiancé under the olive tree, while planning her wedding ceremony. But while Esther dreamed of an ordinary life, God was orchestrating an extraordinary life. While she was planning everyday things, God was planning supernatural opportunities for her.
Often, while we are busy grabbing lesser things, ordinary things, mediocre things, God is planning extraordinary things for our future. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t reach for the stars. God sees the potential you possess and when you follow His plan, you end up going places you could never have dreamed of and accomplishing more than you ever imagined.
Do you tend to dream of things that are well within your reach? Or do your dreams require you to trust God to move mountains only He can move? Ask God to help you dream beyond the ordinary and to reach for the extraordinary plan he has for your life.