The Uninvited Guest

Esther.  That would be the one.

If there is a character in the bible that I can most relate to, it would be her.  We all have one.  That one person we identify with above all the rest.  Of course we always think it is because of the strengths this person displayed when in reality it is all about the weaknesses they battled.

sceptre

…Yes, I meant to write that.

It is the flaw that causes us to make the connection with these characters and not so much the victory although that too is undoubtedly a part of the attraction.

Esther: an average girl turned royalty.

100% me…the average girl part that is.

Oils, spices, and ointments were all at Esther’s fingertips.  Kingdom affairs, riches, and power were all at her disposition, but her most valuable advantage was access to the king.

Yet this access was limited to when she was invited to appear before him.  Approaching the inner court without an invitation could cost Esther her life.  For this reason she had to remain in an acceptable form pleasing to the king at all times as he could summon her at a moment’s notice.

But as life can sometimes do, Esther was put in a desperate situation and she approached the king’s throne as an Uninvited Guest.  Though she wore her royal apparel, the burden of her situation weighed heavy on her person.

And to her surprise, the king extended his golden scepter to her so that she might live.

Like Esther, I have been the uninvited guest many a time.  Though I have been called to remain in an acceptable form pleasing to the king at all times, it is more the times that I haven’t been than the times I have.

I have approached His throne weighed down by a million and one things…regrets, confusion, doubts, disappointments, fears…all the things that have no place in front of a flawless king.  And just as I think He is going to reject me…He extends his golden scepter to me and welcomes me to the inner court.

Many things are offered by this world…riches, fame, power, but I have come to understand that my most valuable advantage is access to the king; even as an Uninvited Guest.

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18 thoughts on “The Uninvited Guest

  1. Wow Rosie – this is so good! I love it!!! Realizing our most valuable gift is access to the King even as an uninvited guest. Oh, and yes, you are so right.. there is always that one or two … Ok maybe 20+ Bible characters we relate to… It is so true that it is their weaknesses that often resonate more with us. For me that Bible Character has long been Elijah, but, as I read about Gideon or Esther, or even about Peter – I can see myself in them too… I am so glad we are sort of neighbors at #LMM Linkup today

    • Hi Debbie, thank you for your words. Yes! Even as an uninvited guest it is the ultimate privilege! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  2. Amen. Yes, He loves us and holds us near no matter what we are dealing with or living as. I am so very grateful and love our God because He loves us.
    Flaws are difficult to release yet they are so easy to hold tightly. Why? God created us in His image. How can I become so flawed? This world really takes me down and I allow that rather than hold onto the Truth which God holds out to me. Thank you for this powerful reminder of Whose I am.

    • Flaws are extremely difficult to release but not impossible. They attempt to define us but we have to keep in mind that G-d’s definition of us trumps all others. It’s a constant alignment of our thoughts with His. Thank you for stopping by Linda. 🙂

  3. Hi there Rosie! I found you by way of the link-up party Cheerleaders of Faith and I’m so glad I did. I also wrote about the book of Esther (what a coincidence!) although my topic was a little bit different. I’m happy to meet you and I’m subscribing now so I don’t miss anymore from you. God bless you!

    • Hi Natalie…I am going to check out what you wrote for sure! Yes, very coincidental! I appreciate the comment and the subscription 🙂

  4. Beautiful post, Rosie! I love the parallel you described between Esther and us. I’m so glad God always sees us through the eyes of the cross as perfect daughters! We’d all be in trouble if He didn’t! 🙂 Blessings to you today! Love, Tasha (visiting from Coffee for Your Heart)

  5. This shows such a beautiful picture of who our Lord is. It is such a blessing to realize how He welcomes us to come as we are and meets us with His love, acceptance, and grace. We can le held in that love. Thank you for sharing yet another way that we can see the Lord in His Word.

    • He always welcomes us and accepts us, as flawed as we may be. I’m thankful for His grace that is never ending!

  6. Rosie, I love this perspective! So often we feel uninvited to stand in the presence of the King, yet He always welcomes us in. Thank you for this fresh viewpoint on one of my favorite people in the Bible. Neighbors with you at #TellHisStory.

    • Even on my best day I am not worthy enough to stand in His presence but I am thankful that His measuring stick is different than mine! Thanks for sharing Alisa.

  7. Wow…I love this post Rosie! I love the way you relate to Esther and the advantages that God offers us. What a blessing even when we come to Him “uninvited” at times. May we learn to cast away the things that weigh us down and keep us from coming to Him boldly . I want to receive God’s invitation to come boldly before His throne of grace so I can see the blessings He wants to bestow. Always a joy to read your thoughts Rosie. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

    • Horace, so glad you enjoyed reading this piece. Even uninvited, its the place to be at. To know we are accepted, even with all our circumstances is a great thing because only He is unconditional! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  8. I love the story of Esther! Her courage and strength are such a beautiful example… especially as an “uninvited guest”. How wonderful that our King has extended an eternal invitation to us, and loves when we come before Him! Stopping by from #SittingAmongFriends 🙂