"For such a time as this!" Those words are familiar because faithful people have used them to describe times when it feels as though God has placed them in a particular situation, among particular people, for a particular purpose.
Esther, a powerful witness of faith, even as God is working in the background of this story, shares with us a very human aspect of not wanting responsibility to act on God's behalf. Who me? Esther fits that very profile of a faithful person asking 'Who me?'
And really, What power does any one of us really have to make a difference?
Yet, at the urging of her uncle, Esther takes a stand that she is fears will elicit a wrathful reply. Esther was made Queen because the previous queen didn't know her role and was dismissed. With courage, Esther takes a stand to defend her people. Because "Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for such a time as this!" This story is about God's timing versus our own timing. As you make preparations for advent and Xmas, when does your timing and God's timing appear to oppose each other? When do they line up?