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Teachable Moments with Brianna Spicka
Director of Loveland Crisis Response Unit
Is this your Esther calling? Part 1: Strength and Courage
Esther 4:1-16

When looking at the Book of Esther, Esther really doesn’t find her voice until Chapter 4. Prior to this, all we read about Queen Esther is her beauty, lovely demeanor, desire to please, and respectful devotion to Mordecai. She is the picture of a meek and modest woman. Now suddenly in the context of crisis, when Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her what was unfolding, the Queen became deeply distressed. She then speaks, and her words show us another aspect of her character.

In Chapter 4, we see a serious conversation that takes place between Esther and Mordecai through her messenger. Esther has two distinct responses.

1. “I can’t.” Here, Esther appears reluctant and unsure. Then Mordecai basically forces Esther to realize that her position of privilege is also a position of responsibility. Compelled to step out of her (literal) comfort zone, Esther makes her defining choice.

2. “I will.” Here, Esther chooses a path of courage.

One of the things we admire most about Esther is her courage. In a time of crisis and uncertainty she found inner strength and rose to the challenge. “Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, ‘Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.’”

There is a determined spirit of obedience in her words. Where did Esther’s strength and courage come from? She was discovering the source of courage under fire.

“Courage isn’t the absence of fear; courage is the determination to act in spite of fear.”
Franklin Roosevelt

As the Director of the Loveland Crisis Response Unit, Brianna Spicka trains and supports others, enabling them to survive and thrive in the midst of the storm. Brianna has worked on the front lines of crisis for 10 years as a Crisis Response Missionary and Senior Chaplain for Crisis Response International.

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