The Bible is full of underdog heroes rising to the occasion — David kills the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17); a whimpering Gideon led the Israelites against the Midianites and won (Judges 6-8); Daniel survives in the lion’s den (Daniel 1-12); and many more.
We also have the nail-biting epic story of Esther. An exile and an orphan, Esther gets chosen as queen in a foreign land. We can almost hear dramatic drumrolls play as we read the portion (Esther 4) where she nervously wonders what she could do to save her people, the Jews, from Haman. This is when Mordecai, her guardian, sends her a message “...maybe you were made queen FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.” Talk about a life-defining moment! The story goes on to describe how an emboldened Esther swings into action to help save the Jews from genocide. Esther literally made history when she understood her position and stepped up to fulfill her calling.