I have a painting of Esther next to my bed.
I love her so.
Recently a friend and I got into a discussion about why Esther is the “It is what it is” Queen.
I won’t retell Esther’s full story as outlined in the Bible, but when Esther risked her life to stick up for her people, her family and her faith she declared, “If I perish, I perish.” She couldn’t change the hardships she was facing, but she did her best to make her way through them with grace and to help as many people as she could along the way. She was bold, devoted, trusting and did not let the fear of failure (in her case that meant genocide) dictate her actions.
Just like the prophets have been telling you and me since our childhood, Mordecai taught Esther that she was “come to the kingdom for such a time as this”. It was her time to shine. Her time to testify.
If I perish, I perish. It is what it is. God has a plan. We have a purpose. I have a mission.
She is a hero. I have the Minerva Teichert print of Esther framed next to my bed to remind me to be bold, devoted, trusting and not to let fear of failure have control in my life. To admonish me to testify and to cause me to remember that I was reserved for this time to express my voice. That I have an important work to do. Right now. (Incidentally, Sister Teichert’s painting of Esther hangs in the stairwell at the entrance to the mission offices on Temple Square–a mission only for sisters–where I served for 18 months as a representative of my church. So appropriate.)
Because sometimes things feel too hard, life seems too unorganized, tasks are never quite completed the way I’d like and occasionally I feel like I am drowning in all that is required of me. Esther reminds me that you can be afraid and courageous at the same time and that I am here at this specific time in the history of the world for a purpose.
Although there is always room to simplify our lives, many circumstances can’t be totally changed no matter how hard we try. But we can handle it. We can do it. We can’t change it, but we can make it through it. It is what it is.
That is all. Amen.