This month, I am sharing a message from our District Superintendent, Paul Fryman:
“Now there was a Jew…(who) had been carried away from Jerusalem… Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther…” Esther 2:5, 7 NRSV
It’s the only book of the Bible in which the name of God does not appear! And yet you see him, almost on every page. Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “I will hide my face from them” is “ah-steer.” When you look at that word you can see how close it is to the name of the biblical heroine after whom this book is named: Esther. Just as the word “ah-steer” means hidden, so is God’s name and presence hidden in this book. But he is there, my friends, he is there. Esther’s story is one of her people, the Jewish people, in captivity and under threat of annihilation. God puts her in a place through the story to do something about that threat. From start to finish (read it sometime) he is behind the scenes, working through the pulls and pushes of people’s lives, bringing hope through a young Jewish girl to a people feeling helpless and hopeless. In the end, good overcomes bad.
If you look in your life you will find him. He may hide himself, but he is there. He may not be seen on one street, but you may just find him around the next corner. He has a way of doing things unseen, unthanked. He’s everywhere and nowhere to be found. But in that unseen way and place he guides the universe. The next time you think: God isn’t here, think of this word: Esther.
Paul A. Fryman