Welcome to Four-Fourteen! Here’s a little backstory to my blog and me to kick things off. I’m sure you’re wondering about the name and the story behind it so here you go.
Four-Fourteen isn’t just a random number. Not only is it my favorite Bible verse, but it’s also come to be my life motto. Everything in my life is centered around this verse. Esther 4:14 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. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Another translation says, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” That verse gives me chills every time I read it. The whole theme of this verse and Esther’s journey can be condensed into one little word-purpose. My life also revolves around this word purpose and so does everyone’s life. Each of us were put here for a specific purpose that only we can accomplish through Christ. A big part of this blog is to show people that.
For those of you who don’t know much about Esther or her grand purpose here’s a not so brief overview. Esther was a young, Jewish girl who was raised by her cousin Mordecai after her parents passed away. One day Esther, along with all the other young and beautiful girls of Susa, were taken by the king’s men to participate in what we would call today a beauty pageant. The reason for all of that was because the king basically fired his queen after she embarrassed him in front of his friends because she wouldn’t perform a crude task for them. The king is without a queen and desperately needs one hence Esther and the beauty pageant. So after months of captivity in the king’s harem and undergoing multiple beauty treatments, she was presented before the king. The king was pleased with her. Because he admired her so much, she was crowned his queen. Her story didn’t end there though. Esther had a much greater purpose than just being the queen. She was meant to save an entire group of people. She wasn’t just saving just anybody though; she was going to save her people- the Jews. All of that was awesome, but there was one problem. Esther didn’t want to do it, in fact, she was quite scared when she was faced with the task. But when her cousin Mordecai told her that this could be what she had been created for, she couldn’t deny her purpose any longer. Those words gave meaning to everything she had been through. Those words gave PURPOSE to the position she had been given. She knew she was made for more than just lying around in fancy clothes hosting fancy dinners. All she had to do was take that step out of her comfort zone and put her trust in the almighty God of the universe. So she did. She denied every selfish desire that told her to stay comfortable, and she stepped out in faith. Because of that, her people were saved, and all who played a part in keeping her people captive were punished.
Her story is so amazing and inspiring to me. When I read the book of Esther, I never seem to read the same story again. There’s always a new lesson to learn. I relate to her so much throughout the book. I have found myself faced with the same predicament as Esther. No, there isn’t an entire nation of people waiting for me to save them (that I know of), but I do know that I’m meant to break free from what makes me feel safe and comfortable just like Esther. That’s why Esther 4:14 resonates so deeply for me. God is calling me to a much higher purpose than what I’ve been doing. I’m not going to lie and say that there’s a clear picture of what I’m supposed to be doing with my life because I don’t. In fact, I don’t have any idea what big thing God is calling me to do, but I do know that this blog is one of the first steps to finding it out. So this is my first step out of my comfort zone and into my God-given purpose. It’s going to be a crazy journey as God continues to reveal His purpose for my life, but I can’t wait to share it with all you beautiful people who stumble upon this little blog of mine.