Last Sunday I performed at 2 Jewish events for the celebration of Purim. In case you are unaware of what this festival is about, it is the celebration of Esther saving the Jews from annihilation by the hand of Haman. It was a lot of fun to hang out with a couple Rabbis and a host of dressed up (like Halloween) Jewish families. I still haven’t figured out what the significance of dressing up was for, but it was fun, nonetheless. Actually, my favorite part was when the Rabbi got up and said that tonight we are going to have a good time, and tonight, anything Jewish goes! Ironically enough, the entertainment was provided by me, the Gentile jump roper. I like to think that God has a sense of humor.
It’s interesting to note that almost every Jewish holiday seems to be celebrating another occasion where the Jews weren’t killed off completely. It’s easy to forget all the trouble that they’ve been through during their long history. This got me thinking, how easy is it to forget all the times that God has come through on our behalf. Most of us will sit and complain that things are tough and lose sight of the fact that God has brought us through many situations that were just as bad, or even worse, than what we’re going through right now. Keep a journal, or blog, of all the times that God has come through for you and take it out from time to time and flip through it.
When you look prophetically at what is in store for the Jews, it doesn’t look good, but yet, they still can rejoice in what God has already done for them and they know he will keep them in whatever is coming. Why don’t we take a lesson from that, things may be bad, but God will always bring us through. Happy Purim (a week late) and we’ll see you on the other side.