The Catwalk

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Not too long ago, along with my @thelafamily on Twitter, I studied the book of Esther and over the weekend, the story came to me again. Yes, we know it’s a story of an orphan who against all odds became queen to a pagan king and the characteristic power of God to deliver His children from the hands of their enemies like He did the Jews from Haman. It’s a story of God’s ability to cause our helpers to remember us as He did stir up Ahasuerus in the middle of the night to remember and reward Mordecai. Great! But that’s not my direction today.  I am sharing inspired by insight which God brought back to my remembrance over the weekend, thanks to a message preached many months ago by Mrs. Nkoyo Rapu (whom I totally love. It’s no secret that I would love to be like her when I grow up).

Our text is Esther 1:1-13;  first we see, Ahasuerus, king of Medes and Persia, ruler of 127 provinces from Ethiopia to India (pause and imagine in present day terms a king that rules across Africa and all the continents down to India).  How powerful this king must be!  The king was giving a celebration for 180 days, (a 6 month party? that was some party mehn), imagine a display of the best array of foods and wine for 6 months at the king’s instance.

And the story records that the queen was giving off her own banquet as well. Afterwards, the king also pronounces seven days of celebration. To crown it all, he requests for his wife, Vashti to be brought forward for men to acknowledge her beauty. Let’s take ourselves back there and imagine what manner of celebration it must have been and how excited the king must have been at the prospect of showing off his fair queen to the multitude of guests. The crescendo was approaching, the fairest of them all was going to appear, imagine the drumbeats and high expectations, and her appearance was to be the highlight.

Today, we study the story of Esther not from the point of the beautiful and obedient Esther as is typical, but we consider it from the perspective of Vashti, the queen who got comfortable and forgot the supremacy of her husband the king. He was a king who issued a decree and all submitted or faced stiff penalties, yet Vashti refused to show up. How disappointed the king must have been in the queen’s action. Oh how scorned he must have felt!

Now, let us consider this in another context as we cast the characters. So imagine this analogy where God is our ‘King Ahasuerus’ and we are his Vashti. In his view, the world in which we live is the catwalk. He wants nothing more than to see us go around showcasing His beauty through us. As we live the word out, He wants the world to be awed by our conduct, by our patience, joy, peace, patience, long suffering, meekness, humility, temperance, love, tolerance et al.

As the guests of Ahasuerus awaited the unveiling of Vashti and the rich display of her beauty, the entire creation is groaning in expectation of our unveiling. Are we content in our own selves without Him? Are we sitting idly, disconnected from kingdom agenda and kingdom purpose? Are we becoming spiritually fat and unresponsive? Are we hosting our own guests, busily pursuing what matters to us vs. what matters to our king? We are called to ‘Mount the Catwalk’.

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In this context, my life is a catwalk.  I care not if driving in Lagos or Abuja can be mad; the roads on which we drive are catwalks. Our homes are catwalks, our relationships are catwalks, our business locations are catwalks and like we can model for a designer and the clothes take on a life of their own, we also have the opportunity to daily represent God and make Him proud. Like Ahasuerus, he basks in the glory revealed through us. This was a timely reminder and we need to have this thought on our minds everywhere we go. It is time to respond to the king’s call to mount the catwalk. What are you called to be? The earth and all creation are groaning, awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God (Rom. 8:22). He wants to show forth His kingdom glory and power. God has designed us to take the catwalk.

Where are you? Are you a teacher? Are you a banker? Are you a business person? Are you a mother or a father?  Are you a writer? A creative artist? Whatever your call and purpose, are you mounting the catwalk? Are you displaying God’s glory? Do men/demons look at you and say ‘wow! God has outdone Himself, what a lovely young man or lady? We must take this challenge to mount the catwalk and walk our walk.

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Of our own strength we are unable to do much, but if we plug into grace on a per second basis, we find ability. As we lean on Him, we receive all the strength we need to consistently promote His agenda. Recently studying the book of Matthew reminded me of this fact, God’s expectations are lofty and I can never attain them by my own strength. Are you like me? Realizing that there is so much to do but scared to get up and do something? Isaiah 41:14 spoke to me, ‘do not be afraid O little worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you declares the Lord, your redeemer….’ This is a call to you too, O little worm, arise! Mount the catwalk and see God move you from a spineless worm to a sharp instrument to thresh down mountains.

Welcome to the catwalk, people of God!

@eloxie

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28 comments to The Catwalk

  • @ogetours  says:

    Yes!!!I walk my walk, you walk your walk. Together we make a beautiful symphony for the Master if we all occupy till He comes. Thanks for sharing darl…..

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      My Vivacious Oge, thank you so much for this. Indeed if we all walk our walk and shine as light, we together make a beatiful symphony for the Master. Mount the Catwalk we must. God bless you my lovely one.

  • moskeda  says:

    I never looked at it from this angle o. I have always been an Esther fan so whenever I read the book of Esther it was all about my babe. But God bless u for showing us this angle. The catwalk of my life…hmmmm… I just have to grace this runway for Him

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear, glad it spoke to you. LOL at ‘Esther fan’, i can imagine. God help us all to mount our individual catwalks and show His intricate bespoke designs off. God bless you for reading.

  • Seun Odukoya  says:

    Madam.

    You do have a powerfully inspiring voice. I guess that’s your catwalk.

    Well done. His grace is sufficient for me.

    Thank yoU!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Awww! this is so humbling, thank you so much for your very kind words. AMEN, His grace is sufficient for us all. God bless you.

  • @signetseal  says:

    Ok now I have this imagery of myself walking on a catwalk that refuses to go away tnx to this piece. Ha! I am loving ur analogy of seeing ourselves as divine models whom God cant wait to display on His divine catwalk. Now I’m gonna be strutting abt b/c like u rightly said, everywhere is a catwalk. I’m off to go walk on mine! many tnx 4 this piece. mwah! :)

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Yaay!! that’s a powerful picture. I am glad it spoke to you. May God give us all the grace we need to mount the catwalk and be all He has called us to be. More grace sis and may the image remain etched in your memory to encourage you as it does me. WE are all called to show off for God. Big hug sis.

  • tessadoghor  says:

    He wants the world to be awed by our conduct, by our patience, joy, peace, patience, long suffering, meekness, humility, temperance, love, tolerance et al.

    I pray o
    Father, help me find pleasure in manifesting your glory and not blending with the world.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Yes, He sure does. God bless you dear. May He cause us to always remember.

  • naijawife  says:

    You know…I’ve never been comfortable with how vashti was dethroned…I guess I saw her as a Martha type character. So busy doing her own work she couldn’t take time to just enjoy the catwalk. While I understand that she “embarrassed” the king, I can’t forget that he wanted to display her, like meat, in front of his friends. Well. God uses all things for his good plans. Even drunken kings :-)

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      I understand your POV. When i struggled with the interpretation, i also wondered how stiff the rules were so that the queen could be killed simply cos the king didnt stretch his sceptre out towards her. I have always wondered as well and yes I appreciate your discomfort.

      The way i see it, th sovereignty of God can be deployed via even the most unfair practices. He can do use even the most unlikely events to promote His will. Just like the unfair genocide of Jewish boys was what gave way to Moses’ being adopted somewhat by Pharoah’s daughter. Thank you for always reading and commenting. I truly appreciate.

  • virtuousspirit  says:

    Thank You! :)

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks for reading. God bless you.

  • Charles  says:

    The title of the piece is kinda bias to the females, what name do we give the men kinda walk??? [I can’t but notice that]
    That been said, I recall the story of Esther from the sunday school classes but I saw a movie of it recently and understood the import of the story.
    Your sharing it brought back salient points best of which is the desposability of man. If we would not do his will for us, he has a way around and even through us.Thank you for sharing.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks Charles for always reading and commenting. LOL at the title being biased to females. Really? Male models mount the catwalk too. They both strut the runway albeit a little differently. We are all called to walk the walk lest we be replaced by someone better. Like you noted, one key point from the book of Esther is that anybody can be replaced. Thanks for always being here to read. I appreciate you.

  • Salt  says:

    I have never looked at the Vashti saga from this perspective at all. Thank you. Indeed, in all we do, where ever we are, we should do our best to ‘represent’ this awesome God we call Papa. Me being ‘Salt’ is all about that…..And not sure you can want to be like Pastor Nkoyo more than me!
    *smiling*

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you so much Salt for stopping by. It’s beautiful how there is a lesson everywhere in the scriptures for us to learn from and this reminder couldnt be more timely, we must remember ‘who we are’ and ‘whose we are’ and act consistent with God;’s expectation. AS to who would like to be more like Pastor Nkoyo, I’m so glad we are both in the race, I can live with you wanting it more, especially because with this desire, we can only get better. She’s amazing in and out and I know you know that. God bless you ma’am. *smiling*

  • Tomisin Ajiboye  says:

    Let us walk the catwalk. Just like I wrote in my one of my write-ups recently about being a super creature but this is entirely from a different perspective. God is still in the business of making man, because He has to see us showcase the CATWALK all the time, we have to glorify him. And God is ready to create a applaud(able) entrance for us, to remove any unnecessary obstacle for His ultimate intent. Just like Vashti.

    This is a nice one! Well done.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks Tomisin, walk the catwalk we must. God bless you.

  • Ebele  says:

    I think God allows people to act out of character sometimes for His plans to be fulfilled, talking about Vashti’s refusal to be ‘put on display’… Who knows? Anyways I shall be entering catwalk mode now as I go to pick my daughter from school.. Lol. Message well received. Thanks dear.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Aha! I definitely agree with you on acting out of character to fulfill his purpose. Somehow reminds me of Ahitophel and David. I am right behind you, strut the catwalk of life knowing that every day and at everytime we are modelling for the king so that men will ‘see’ and glorify our father(desginer) in heaven.

  • Inthe...  says:

    Preach! You brought it down to layman terms. Our life is a catwalk and like models, how we “walk” it determines if people want to by what we are selling!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks sis, I couldn’t say it better. God bless you!

  • BAJ  says:

    I love the perspective you presented about being on the catwalk, displaying the glory of God through our daily living etc. It sure brings home the need to live up to the Word and indeed grace abounds for us. Thank you for sharing.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear for stopping by. May God give us grace to be just that, models for Him on the catwalk of life and in every season. God bless you.

  • Omotola  says:

    The world is my runway!…Imma walk the walk wholeheartedly through grace. Very insightful. More grace to you.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Go girl! Mount the catwalk please and be all God intends you to be.

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