February 17,2021

 “Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” – Lakshmi Mittal

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag. The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.

To get something you have never had, you must do something you have never done. You cannot do it the same way and expect a different result. Be willing to step outside the box, even if it means parting with traditions and customs.  Esther did that and with it came success.

It was unlawful for anyone to go before the King in Shushan without being called. The action was punishable by death unless the King held out the golden scepter. Despite fully understanding the potential consequences Esther did it anyway, saying if I perish, I perish but must see the King. In the end she won the favour of the King and got what she wanted. Do not be afraid to break ranks with tradition and customs. It is time to step outside the box.

Life Application: Most complex problems do have a solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a different way. Look at non-traditional ways to create the outcome that you desire.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so stuck in my ways that I have gotten accustomed to things a particular way. This has prevented me at times to break free of a number of things. Help me to think outside of the box and see opportunities in various situations that will require me to act and approach things differently. In Jesus name…amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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