The things you miss when you aren’t really looking …
While going through all the piles of pictures, brochures, notes, and receipts from our recent trip to Israel, I actually looked at my receipt from the Garden Tomb:
I purchased a card with a beautiful watercolor painting of the Garden Tomb, a desktop model of the Garden Tomb made from Olive Wood (it sits in my office – stop and see it), and a book on the feasts of the Jewish Calendar for a Bible Study I am leading on Sunday Evenings during Lent.
But on that day – I missed it. I never paid attention.
I was served by Esther !
The Book of Esther is a compelling story – take time to read it. Veggie Tales even made a wonderful cartoon based on it. The book of Esther was written to the Jewish people to record the origins of the Feast of Lots, or Purim. This annual festival commemorates God’s salvation of the Jewish people, similar to their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (the book I bought is already paying off). In the story of Esther, we see God’s interaction with man’s will, his hatred of racial prejudice, his power to give wisdom and help in times of danger.
Remember my conversation with the clerk?
One last thing: One of the interesting things about the story of Esther is that God is never mentioned in the story and yet it isn’t hard to ‘see’ the sovereignty of God at work throughout the story.
So, even though I missed it the first time … God was still there.
I was served by Esther.
Who will you serve today?
And don’t be surprised if those you serve – miss it.
Just know … God is still in control.