Esther 2:15 (KJV): “Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.”
COMMENTARY: During several recent hikes in the hilly, thick woods of Connecticut, I have come across beautiful Lady Slippers — rare and unique flowers that tend to grow alone. In the midst of all of the other abundant plant species, Lady Slippers stand out because they are so peculiar, colorful and uncommon.
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, you will find men and women who are specially and unusually gifted, anointed, called and favored by the Lord. One such person is Esther. If you will, she was a human “Lady Slipper” whom God placed at just the right place, at just the right time, to rescue the Jews from persecution and death.
APPLICATION: Today, the Lord still creates, equips, raises up and uses special people for His divine purposes, in His way and time. This applies to workplaces, too. These people are not hard to spot, as they tend to stand out just as Lady Slippers do. God has placed them in your work life to be a blessing.
In today’s hyper “equality-sensitive” culture, we may grimace at the thought that God raises up special people, but He does. We may resent and be jealous of the “Lady Slippers” in our lives, but our thoughts and feelings don’t change reality one bit. We are not all equal in gifting, anointing, calling and favor. If there are Lady Slippers in your life, thank God for them, pray for them and support them!
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Psalm 33:3-9 (KJV), read Book 1 (Psalms 1–41) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.