Read Esther 4
Focus on verses 14-16
Every once in a while the thought occurs to me “what if I have a destiny?” What if there is some task, some role that only a person with exactly the mix of knowledge, experience, and ability that I have, will be able to complete? What if my success or failure to complete that mission would set in motion a chain of events that would change the future in a dramatic fashion? Have you ever had thoughts like that?
In today’s reading Mordecai suggests to Esther that it is possible that the Lord arranged for her to be queen of Persia specifically so that she could intervene on behalf of the Jewish people to derail the genocidal plot of Haman to annihilate the Jewish people. In the days ahead we will discover how the story unfolds and whether Mordecai’s suggestion is accurate.
There is a sense in which each of us, regardless of how great or small, have a destiny that will have an affect on the future of human civilization. It may not seem as though our role is that important, and we may not live long enough to see what the end result turns out to be, but every choice we make has the potential to change the future either for the better or for the worse of those who will follow us.
Nobody hears much about the parents of Albert Einstein, but if his parents had not raised him in the manner that they did, or if they had decided not to have children, scientists might still not understand the significance of E=MC2.
The point is none of us are insignificant, and every choice we make has consequences that affect the future in some way.