The Perfect Mother For Such a Time as This
Esther is my daughter’s favorite scripture story. 9 out of 10 mornings, when I ask her what she read for morning scripture study her answer is… you guessed it… Esther. I don’t know what it is. There are some other amazing women that she could love, but for some reason she really identifies with her.
Last night, as we lay in her bed reading Esther, yet again, 6 words stood out to me. I could not get them out of my head. I suddenly felt a great connection to the story, and I realized that we, as mothers, were prepared “For Just a Time as This.”
If you need a refresher on the story, King Ahasuerus has his wife killed for something silly, so he is looking for a new wife. Esther ends up being the new queen, but hides that she is Jewish, following her uncle Mordecai’s advice. Later on, one of the King’s advisers, Haman wants everyone to bow down to him, but Mordecai refuses. This made Haman super mad, so he decided to convince the king to have all the Jews killed.
Mordecai finds out about this and lets Esther know. They decide that she needs to talk to the king in order to try to save her people. Mordecai tells her “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) She ends up having to do some scary things, which eventually saved her people. (As a note, Ahasuerus is also known as Xerxes historically, which helps us understand why Esther was a little scared of him.)
As I thought about this, I thought about our own times. The phrase, “We live in perilous times” has come across my ears many times. Our children are confronted with things that we never had to see in our day. They go out into the world with the knowledge of school shootings, terrorist attacks, bullying, cyber bullying, and pornography right in their pockets. They are forced to grow up quickly to be able to live in this world. There is an increase in anxiety and emotional problems. They do not have it easy! Some people even delay or avoid having children, because the thought of raising children in this world is just too terrifying.
But here’s the thing: God knew that these days were going to be difficult days, so saved His most valiant children. Then He armed them with his most powerful tools. He gave them us as mothers (and fathers). Think about it! God trusts us so much with His children, that He saved us to be parents when our children would need parents with the skills and abilities that we alone have.
When we are confronted with the feelings of fear and uncertainty, we can rely on the knowledge and the power that God knows and loves us. He knows our fears and worries. He knows our pains and our struggles.
He also knows our strengths, and He knows that He can trust us to trust Him when we are confronted with things that are beyond our reach, because we have been prepared to be mothers, “For such a time as this.”.