“But Queen Vashti refused to come, refused the summons delivered by the eunuchs. The king lost his temper. Seething with anger over her insolence …” Esther 1:12
Queen Vashti was a beautiful queen. After her husband King Xerxes had partied for many days, he commanded her to appear to show her off. She refused and caused embarrassment to the king, who called in his counselors to help him figure out what to do with a wife that didn’t obey him. They all agreed Queen Vashti had set a bad example for their own wives and must be banned from the kingdom to put women in their place.
Today, America is grieving the loss of an American “queen,” Nancy Davis Reagan, who passed away at the age of 94. Nancy and Ronald began their lives together as movie actors. Who would have thought she would become one of the most important figures in the United States? She was a demur woman, but mighty behind her man. Those who worked with her said she was not afraid to share her thoughts and give advice to the president. President Reagan was proud to have her by his side and didn’t need to “show her off” for her beauty. They were a team.
Unlike King Zerxes and his counselors, the president didn’t fear Nancy’s powerful presence in his life. He had no reason to be angry when she spoke out, as he knew she only wanted him to be successful.
Thank you, Lord, for women who are both beautiful and powerful. Amen.