Following the death of her parents (Esther 2:7), Mordecai took Esther into his home and raised her as his own. So when the call went throughout Persia for all virgin girls to report to the king for an “audition” to become the queen, Mordecai was rightfully concerned.
He was powerless to control the circumstances and he had no say in the outcome. We’re not told much regarding how Mordecai dealt with all the changes, but we do know this:
…every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her. (Ester 2:11)
It’s a simple little sentence, yet it’s packed with practical ways to demonstrate care for those we love. First we see that Mordecai checked in DAILY. The need to make frequent contact with our loved ones has perhaps never been greater than it is today. Just as a king’s edict had ripped Esther out of Mordecai’s life, Covid has separated us from those we love. Therefore, frequent contact remains important.
Next we see that Mordecai made connecting with Esther a priority. Was it convenient for him? I doubt it. It wasn’t as simple as making a phone call or sending a text. It was a daily hike to the palace, waiting for Esther to have a break, then stealing a few minutes with her to catch up. It became a new demand upon his time; yet love required the change to his routine.
Lastly, the primary reason for his contact with Esther was to learn about HER. You see, Mordecai’s world likely went on pretty much “as is.” However, Esther was alone in a new setting, surrounded by strangers. Her need to be heard was greater than his. While mutual sharing is important, the essence of love is to put the other ahead of ourselves.
Friends, I know that making frequent contact with those you don’t see routinely anymore is difficult – but someone likely needs to hear from you today. Who might that be? –Dave
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