Come with me to the land of Susa where lived an extravagant and generous king with his alluring queen who understood “the unforced rhythms of grace.”
The king was to choose a new queen after deposing his former queen for refusing his wish. There was a process to get chosen as queen. It took a year to groom the women for the big event. There was graceful Esther who asked for nothing except what was advised by the chief of the living quarters. The king finds her appealing when they meet and she becomes his queen.
Surely, all the women must have been beautiful. What extraordinary and appealing quality did Queen Esther possess over all others?
Je ne sais quoi?
In our fast-paced and competitive world, perhaps, we could use some of what she had.
The Message translation of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11: 28-30 helped me understand grace in simpler words.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you will learn to live freely and lightly.”
I like how Jesus boldly offers us grace. So amazing to have a chance to live freely and lightly.
Collaboration, mentoring, advise and processes are helpful. Of course!
Grace though, seems like the X-factor that will take one where self-sufficiency and hustle cannot.
Queen Esther asked for nothing more than necessary and yet got everything. Read her story in the book of Esther or click to read WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT CHARISMA?