This week’s article is written by Roger Newberry, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church.
I just finished reading the book of Esther and I noticed something. God’s name is not mentioned, but God’s actions can be seen.
God had a hand in allowing Esther to become Queen. Courage is seen in Esther as she approaches the King unannounced. (You didn’t approach the King unannounced unless you had a death wish.) That courage came from knowing God.
God’s hand is at work even when we can’t see it. Why, then can’t we see it? We expect the obvious. We expect God to show Himself in a big, flashy way, but that’s not His nature. We don’t always understand how God works, because His thoughts and ways are not like ours. We are, at times, either too close to the situation or right in it and can’t see things clearly, until we look back. God was active in the story of Esther, and He is active in our lives, if we just look and pay attention!