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The Long-Eyed Lesson!

Beautiful, gracious and kind! While those words do describe me well, today I am using them to portray my favorite heroine in the Bible. I have loved the story of Esther since I was a little girl. When the King was in search of a new wife, the word proclaims, She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food.  (Esther 2:9 NIV) She was a bad chick!…and I wanted to be JUST like her.  To understand why I wanted to be like her let me tell you a little bit of her story as Queen.

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.  “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.” Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and children—on a single day….(Esther 3: 8,11, 13 NIV)

What the King didn’t know is that his own wife, Queen Esther, was a Jew. She hid her ethnicity from him when she was in the running to become the Queen. After finding out about the King’s orders her cousin Mordecai, who raised her, sent her a message to go to the King and plead for her peoples’ lives but at first she was reluctant.

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:12-14 NIV)

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:15-16 NIV

Well, guess what? Esther did not perish and neither did her people. The story goes on to tell that her people were saved and celebrated and instead the mastermind behind the plot, Haman, was hung on gallows that he originally built for Mordecai.

There are many biblical themes that can be extracted from this text regarding faith, fear, sacrifice, God elevating you to use you and others; however, I am now realizing a more personal theme for myself. My grandmother called it long-eyed or your eyes being bigger than your stomach, meaning you wanted something someone else had even if you didn’t know what it was or had no particular use for it.

Every night, I would go to bed and pray that God would make me like Esther “a savior for my people, use me for such as time as this, Lord use me.” I wanted to be the one to pull my family out of the rut that I felt we were in and I was interested in self-sacrificing causes that uplifted humanity. While those may sound like noble requests, I now realize that I didn’t KNOW what I was praying for. As a child, I saw the glamorous part of Esther in that she was selected out of hundreds by the King to be his bride. She had the opportunity to change the fate of all of her people. People favored her. In the end she succeeded.

Recently my fascination with the story of Esther came to my memory and I realized that my life has taken a similar course and I thought, “Did I become a matriarch in my 20’s because I asked for it when I was 8?”  I often find myself asking God, “WHY does everyone call me and depend on me (family and friends included)?” I get frustrated because it seems as though everyone is relying on me and there is so much pressure to make decisions that quite honestly I’d rather not. I’ve reached a point of acceptance and pray for wisdom and guidance because maybe I too have been called for such a time as this. If this is how God chooses to use me, let me be excited about it. The lesson in this is to KNOW what you are petitioning God for. Are you requesting the “desires” of your heart out of envy or because it “looks good”? That man, new car, job, new house, or friendship may look excellent on someone else but you don’t know what they had to go through to get it or to keep it.  Everything simply isn’t for everybody! When you petition the true Savior, check your motives and your readiness!

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for being a God that answers prayers! Remind us to pray righteous prayers so that when we get what we ask for, we aren’t upset when we don’t get the outcome that we thought we would have. Give us the wisdom to see ALL of the attributes of what we may consider a “blessing” before we make our request known to You. Let us not be long-eyed! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to continue to seek God about YOUR future and purpose and not the one that belongs to someone else. If you find yourself in a situation where you are The One, walk in it boldly without fear and ask God to grant you the discernment, wisdom, and capacity that comes with the territory.

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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10 thoughts on “The Long-Eyed Lesson!”

  1. Chanceeeee!
    Beautiful!!!! Thank you for reminding us that when we pray we should ask for what really is aligned with our God-appointed purpose and to not feel let down when we “think” our prayers haven’t been answered. God bless you my Sister in Christ!!!!

    (I’m Puerto Rican and my Grandmother, trying to teach us little ones not to be greedy, used to call it in Spanish “eating with your eyes, instead of your stomach”. I know that in itself can be applied to so many other things right?)

    1. Dee I have really learned that lesson too. I need to do what is a part of my divine assignment and no one elses. That throws us off track because we later realize we have been wasting time in an area that was never meant for us. We just had to get in it before we found it out. I only want to do what is really aligned with his will. Being “greedy” gets you no where.

  2. Yeah my grandma used to just call it greedy! 🙂

    Chancee`, I am so happy that you chose to share this story! Remember how excited I was when you shared this with me?!! And although it may seem overwhelming, He created you for such a time as this. I dont think you asked for anything that wasnt already apart of His will for your life. Furhtermore, I pray that my girls will be as ferverent (sp?) in their Bible study and prayers as you were at the age of 8!

    You have NO idea how this has blessed me…not becuase of the reasons that you listed above but because there was a litte nugget of confirmation for my own life nestled in those verses. God has a funny way of validating and confirming what we THINK we hear Him saying…

    BTW, they need to install a spell check on the comment box! 🙂

    1. Krissy you have no worries. Your girls are already on it. They are already fervent in their prayer and study life. Keep molding them. “Train up a child”…and even though I have had some missteps I have never left my foundation. They won’t either. I am glad that you got the confirmation that you needed. He has a way of speaking to us.

  3. What a wonderful testimony and message! I believe that people should remember that God will grant you the desires your heart. However, granted in his own time frame, God has the blue print of your predestine life. Therefore move forward in God’s words, knowing no more than necessary will cross your path to gain the glory of the Lord. Relax and enjoy your life journey.

    1. Hi Latonsia, Thank you for that word. God has predestined our life and he gives us the ability within that to make choices. We will never stray too far from the path…because ALL things work together for the good.

  4. Chancee’
    I absolutely love this post. God sometimes chooses us to be the vessel to help His people even when we didn’t sign up for it. I think the lesson that we can all learn from this is that ultimately WE ARE NOT the source of the help–we are only the vessels. God is the source but He uses his open vessels. The key is to stay open, willing and obedient to God’s direction so the flow of blessings can make there way to the intended destination. Even though it can be hard–Isn’t it a blessing to be a blessing to others? As you stated, you may called as time such as this.

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