Chapter-a-Day Esther 6

Vwell_50th_granparents_and_kids1_LR "Go and do it," the king said to Haman. "Don't waste another minute. Take the robe and horse and do what you have proposed to Mordecai the Jew who sits at the King's Gate. Don't leave out a single detail of your plan." Esther 6:10 (MSG)

A year and a half ago, my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was a great weekend together with the whole family. My siblings and our families took the folks out to eat and spent Friday evening together. On Saturday, we took family pictures in the park and had a big open house at their church for family and friends to join in the celebration. As a gift, we sent the happy couple on a trip to Hawaii, a place they'd always wanted to visit.

Parenting is a life-long journey and, it often seems, there is precious little recognition in the task. This is especially true during the pre-teen to teen years when the reward for your time, energy, love, and provision is often disrespect, disobedience and dishonor. Nevertheless, those parents who honor their children generally find that, eventually, the children honor them. The reward may feel long in coming, but to see your children raised to honorable adulthood and to receive their love and gratitude has got to be a good feeling.

I wonder if Mordecai ever felt a bit cheated when he saved the King's life and received no recognition or reward. I like to think he did the right thing and never gave it a second thought. Either way, God clearly had a plan for Mordecai's reward. It was an outcome that script writers would scarcely dare to write for fear of being blamed for penning a "Hollywood ending" that no one would believe. Still, it's good to know that God has a plan to lift us up at the appropriate time.

Today's story reminded me of another verse from God's message: So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. I Peter 5:6-7 (MSG).

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