“Each girl’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes after she had completed the twelve months of prescribed beauty treatments—six months’ treatment with oil of myrrh followed by six months with perfumes and various cosmetics.” Esther 2:12 (The Message Bible)
It was time to choose a new Queen of Persia—only beautiful virgins would be eligible. After a search by appointed officials, Esther was among the women hand-picked to go through the year-long preparation to become even more beautiful. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could be pampered for a whole year. Occasionally, I give myself a treat and get a pedicure or a massage, and I spend no more than five minutes with makeup and hair every day.
Esther made the cut and became the Queen of Persia, but it wasn’t her beauty that gave her a prominent place in biblical history. It was her integrity, loyalty to her Jewish people, and her ability to approach the king and persuade him to do what was right.
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that beauty is more than a pretty face. Amen.