Queen Vashti or Esther

For today’s one word prompt: Fortune

Long ago there was a lovely queen named Vashti,

Who lost her fame like the wild flowers that vanishes quickly,

She was wiped out of her peoples’ memory.

But what crime did she commit?

Only the King’s order did she resist.

Soon she was overthrown from her status,

And very soon the King started looking for another mate.

The kingdom wide hunt brought a modest queen in place,

From being an orphan girl to a Queen, truly Esther had some talent.

Is it Vashti’s misfortune or Esther’s fortune still in question?

Surely Esther did have something special that Vashti missed.

Finding favour in the eyes of men just won’t happen occult

Without the inner beauty how can one be lovely outside?

Putting others before her own life, how did she even attempt it?

Without God by her side, how could she dare to make a sacrifice?

How could it be just a fortune?

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The weather in my city is moody

For the one word prompt: Moody

It’s a winter morning in December

The alarm rings before I complete my dream if I remember

With one eye open I look through the window

Oh it’s still dark I wonder and my sleep begins to crescendo

I step out for work and I see how the fog disappears

By noon the sun shines like wild fire

Making one forget it’s winter

The climate here is really sulky

The clouds starts pouring out suddenly

Leaving no trace behind

It is winter one would think but sunbeams pierce through the clouds

The weather in my city is moody

Keeping it’s inhabitants always ready for its unpredictable nature

Fishing with a different purpose

Today’s one word prompt is Fishing and all I can think of is an incident from the Bible, where Jesus meets Peter and Andrew and calls them to be his disciples.

It was one hot sunny day

When Peter and Andrew were on their duty

Trying to catch fish for their living

It was just another day they must have thought

But to their surprise there was an unexpected visitor

Least did they know that encounter would change their life for good

That moment they left their nets behind

And followed Jesus who taught them how to fish men

Their course of life was changed at once, with a new mission to attain

My dear friends, that’s what happens when you invite Jesus in your life

Leaving the old self behind and starting your life afreash

Is death a curse?

“but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die”. -Genesis 2:17

This certainly sounds like a punishment for disobedience. And disobedience is a sin. Death came into this world through sin; and who sinned here is the first man and woman whom god created in his own image. God said for when you eat from it you will certainly die, death was not designed as part of human life until Adam and Eve sinned.
Now that sin entered the world and as a result death into our lives, what happens to a person after death is still a mystery. But Bible compares death to sleep.

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun”. -Ecclesiastes 9:5

Did God create us only to see us die? No. God does not want us to be lost in death forever. Rather, he wants us to spend our life eternally in his kingdom- which is the actual purpose of creating us. We have hope that death is not the end of our existence, we have an immortal life to live. The way to such a life is Jesus Christ and the good news is he has already did his part on the cross so that we can victoriously raise from death.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned”. -Romans 5:12

One man brought sin into this world for all the mankind and God by his grace sacrificed his only son as a penalty for each individual’s sin in order to reconcile the relationship between man and God that was long lost in Eden. This explains the reason why Jesus Christ was born on earth. So that by his blood we be clean.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

Is death really a curse? 

Well, It might appear as one but it actually is surrendering the soul back to the God who gave it and resting in the grave until Jesus Christ calls us in his second coming.

“and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” -Ecclesiastes 12:7

But why die? This is because we cannot enter God’s kingdom with this sinful body, there needs to be a transformation both in heart and body. By receiving Jesus Christ as our savior we can assure a place in his family and by losing this body in death we lose our earthly self.

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” -1 Corinthians 15:50

It is the effort made by God to restore the glory that mankind lost because of sin. The kind of life that we live now and death are just different stages of the whole process, in a way to enter his kingdom. Never forget the fact that we will all be resurrected to immortal life someday.

I decided not to flee again

Flee

I had a problem that I had to face

Reluctant was I to give it a space

Much because I know I would lose

And that would create all the fuss

Then I decided to flee

I fled.

In a few days I faced another trouble

Much to my surprise it was like the previous unsolved puzzle

I wish I had solved it earlier

At least I would have the solution in hand

Then I decided to flee again

Oh wait, what if I face the same issue again?

I thought I must resolve it this time

Then I decided to stay back, this one time

Only to see myself grow ahead

From then on there was no turning back

Because fleeing would do me no good

It would do no good to anyone.