“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” ESTHER 4:16, NKJV
One time when I was driving through Colorado, we stopped at a very interesting place called Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Strangely enough, nestle right up against the mountains in the southern part of the state were the largest piles of sand I had ever seen. I used to imagine sand dunes in dry deserts or coastal areas, but this place was neither. We drove through the entrance and discovered there was a bunch of off-road trails for the people driving four-wheel-drive vehicles. Fortunately, /I was driving my jeep Wrangler. We enjoyed crossing loose, sandy areas, forested areas, and even streams that were about three feet deep, finally arriving at the base of one of the largest dunes.
The climb was incredibly difficult; it seemed as though for every three steps I took, I slid about two steps back. I had purposely found the steepest dune I could find, and when I finally made it to a little ridge and sat down, I was exhausted! Once I had caught my breath, I pulled out the thing I had dragged all the way up there. My snowboard! I had read that it was possible to use a snowboard on a sand dune as long as it was steep. I had never tried this before, but I put my board on and stood up. I took a deep breath and quickly started sliding down the face of the dune. Miraculously, I made it all the way down without falling. Of course, I didn’t try any fancy moves. I just wanted to make it down in one piece, and I did!
In the BIBLE, Queen Esther was anxious for her people to make it to the next year in one piece. She had faith and risked herself to save her people, regardless of what happened to her. She said, “If I perish, I perish.” Doing GOD’s will is more important than anything else.