Every year my girlfriends and I have our 'Spa Day' at a local Spa. Some of us get massages, or facials or hair styles, but all of us get a pedicure together. This has become a marvelous day of renewal for us, mostly as a chance to slow down and share news after a hectic holiday season and long winter. Our dead skin is exfoliated, our outsides are polished, primped and prettified, and our spririts are refreshed with the joys of relationship.
Esther went through many similar beauty treatments as she was prepared for more than a year to meet the king. We can imagine she had some kind of special diet, exercise regime, perfumes, oils and makeup so that she would be her best, most beautiful self when she was finally allowed to stand before her king. And her beauty, inside and out, saved the Jewish people in Babylon.
Our Heavenly Father also wants us to undergo preparations before we stand before him. However, he is not interested in our shiny hair or polished toes. "People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart." ~Samuel 16:7. He wants us to prepare ourselves to meet Him by becoming more like Christ : ..."because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." ~Romans 5:3-5. Our days on earth should be spent pursuing the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:21-23).
And although there is nothing wrong with looking your best, we know that these bodies will someday perish, while our Spirits will be with the Lord for Eternity! Let us remember that "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." ~Proverbs 31:30.