Literature in life

The Book of Esther is one of my favorite books because it is so encouraging,no matter what season of life you are experiencing. Esther is an example to all of bravery, loyalty and perseverance through challenging times. 

In the beginning of the story, Esther is a young woman, given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the Queen of Persia. After she has taken on this role, she discovers through her cousin Mordecai that her husband, the king, has unknowingly plotted to kill her through the people she comes from, the Jews. 

She comes to the realization that she must confront the king about this plan, however, during that time, anyone who would show themselves before the king uninvited was a crime punishable by death. 

Despite her fears, after many failed attempts, she finally confronts the king and saves her people. A verse that resembles this passage is Esther 4:14, which says, “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 

Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” I think this book is inspiring because it shows that everything happens for a reason and every situation one is brought to has value. 

Whether it is dealing with relationships, health, grades, jobs and everything in between, one can overcome any obstacle that is placed in their way. 

In today’s world, there are many obstacles that are thrown at us every day of our lives. Every person and situation is unique and brought to a specific individual for a reason. You may not grasp the understanding of it or know why these things happen to them, but you should know that you can overcome whatever challenge you are facing. 

Different challenges bring out different strengths within ourselves that we may not have even been aware of. This book has really inspired me to persevere through challenging times, and has given me knowledge that I am blessed to have.

Christine Zalameda