Have you ever had a situation in your life where you just knew that the hand of fate was upon you?
Well, it happened to me and my best friend Anjie when we were ten years old. You see we had been on a serious quest. We were attempting to actually communicate with Donny Osmond. We had tried everything. Our first effort was in written form. This consisted of letters and home-made cards in which we expressed our devotion to him. When that didn’t work we stepped it up to recordings. Donny would surely hear the sincerity in our voices as we strapped a tape recorder to the handlebars of our bikes and rode around declaring our love for him all the while singing his hit solo “Puppy Love.” When that didn’t succeed we decided that a gift was in order. So we put our skills to work on a pillowcase. We crocheted a dynamite stick and words that said “Donny You Are Kid Dynomite” all in purple and pink yarn. Even this masterpiece didn’t garner a response.
Fate steps in
This is where fate stepped in. There was no way that it was a coincidence. It was right there in the Jackson County Public Library. I was in awe as I held it in my hands; th
e city directory to Provo, Utah. My fingers flew through the pages until I got to the “O’s” and I stared in shock; at least a dozen Osmond names and home phone numbers! I frantically wrote down all of them in dizzy expectation of what was about to happen. Anjie was not going to believe this!
We sat on our new found information until the time was right. We waited until Anjie’s house was empty and then we called those numbers one Saturday morning. We dialed each one with such anticipation because at any time it might actually be “him” on the other end. One after another we called and asked for Donny. Finally, we got a positive response, “He is in Disneyland. Can I take a message?” Then we did it, “Tell him that Anjie and Debbie called and we will call him back”. We had actually left Donny a message! Fate had led me to the library, fate had given me Donny’s number and fate would eventually find him at home one day!
Fate takes a turn
A few weeks a later, our fate took a turn. Anjie and I were sitting at her kitchen table when her mom told us she wanted to talk to us. She got up from the table and came back with the phone bill. She knew that Anjie and I were the culprits because we were the only ones who knew anyone in Utah. We tried explaining that we had fate on our side. Well, she said we were going to need it to pay for all those long distance calls. Not only did we have to pay the bill, I think I was the only 5th grader in my school ever grounded from the library.
Anjie and I were great at seeing the hand of fate in our lives. We believed in that mysterious force out there that arranges for ten-year-old girls to converse with Mormon celebrities. We were like most people who are often quick to explain away all those incidents/coincidences in our life that lead us from this point to that point and call it fate.
Look at the life of Esther and you can point out the hand of fate all over it. She went from a mere Jewish girl to the Queen of one of the biggest empires the world has ever known. She was rich beyond measure and highly exalted. That is not, however, the reason she became queen. We learn the real reason later on in the book. In chapter 3, Esther’s husband the king unknowingly issued a decree that all Jews would be murdered. Esther was put in a tough position. Her uncle Mordecai wanted her to approach the king for help but it wasn’t going to be that easy.
Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come into the king these thirty days.” And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 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.”
Such a time as this
Esther recognized Mordecai’s words as truth. “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther knew it was God who led her and guided her life. It was He who brought her to the kingdom for such a time as this even if it such a time meant losing her life. Why would a young girl be willing to put her life on the line for a mysterious force called fate? Would you be willing to? That is the problem with fate. It the world’s empty answer to a design for our life without a designer. How is that possible? How can a design exist without a designer? The great Designer arranged Esther’s life and the events in it, good or bad and Esther understood that.
What happened with Esther? Well, the king listened and another decree was issued. The Jews not only survived but they thrived! The evil mastermind was eliminated and Esther remained an influential queen. We can learn a lot from Esther. She could have really gotten a swollen head over the triumphant victory. She the queen saved her people from annihilation at the evil hands of Haman. She put her life on the line in approaching the king. She was a hero or maybe even a savior of her people. That is not how Esther responded. Esther realized two important points here. First, the Great Designer, the Almighty God’s Hands organized and put in place all that happened. Second. her two hands had nothing to do with it what happened, she just let God use them. It is an important lesson for us to see the Designer’s Hands at work in our lives and to purposely not see our own. Can you do it? Well, now is a good tme to start because you never know when your “such a time as this” is coming and you better be willing like Esther to lose, then and only then can you win.
See a great list of how God arranged and designed the events in Esther’s life here