We had our last session of our Esther Bible study yesterday morning.
What an incredible journey it has been. Beth Moore made the characters of this familiar story come alive for us—we all were swept up in the story of the unlikely queen. It was made new for us through her vivid imagination and burning passion.
The end of a Bible study is always bittersweet for me.
It’s difficult to say goodbye to the characters I have spent my mornings with for many weeks. I find I need some time to reflect on what I have learned—to hear what God is speaking to me.
The content of the lesson yesterday was very timely for me. Having just celebrated my fortieth birthday (have I mentioned that? :), it seems that lately I am reminded at every turn of the fleeting nature of beauty.
A few days before my birthday, I received a card of well wishes from my health insurance company.
This would have been very thoughtful if it hadn’t listed all the tests and medical procedures they recommend a woman my age to go through.
I mean, really.
That’s just rude.
Then, a couple days later, I received this in the mail:
It was made to look like someone ripped a page out of a magazine, apparently prompted to think of my aging skin when stumbling across the ad.
This world preys on our insecurities.
Yes, it is tough being a woman.
Yesterday, Beth reminded us that although “In man’s realm, time diminishes beauty”, but “In God’s realm…time perfects beauty.”
I don’t know about you, but this is something I needed to hear.
It’s no mistake that the older we get, the more comfortable we are with ourselves.
“If I had known then what I know now…”
Hmmm. Doesn’t seem fair, does it?
He has set eternity in our hearts, ladies. We were created for more than this world.
Does that give you a thrill as it does me?
I’m camping there in the coming week.
Each time I look in the mirror and notice how that skin is getting thin and papery under my eyes, I’m going to think of God’s calendar. Not mine.
I am beautiful in His eyes.
Wanted to share a little of the celebration we shared to say goodbye to Esther. Part of our Bible study group was able to gather together to have a makeshift Purim feast.
Our sweet host and hostess made lamb kabobs and latkes. We all brought some traditional foods to share.
I made the Hamantashen (Haman’s Ears cookies).
Man were they ugly.
Then we watched the Veggie Tales version of Esther (those veggie tales writers are amazingly creative!) to get our hearts warmed up for the main feature. We shared some giggles and more than one hearty laugh.
Then we watched One Night with the King, which we all agreed was kind of the Disney version of the Esther story. But, who knows? Maybe it did happen that way. Sure was a swooner. There was even a great silhouetted kiss at the end.
It was a pretty special evening.
Here’s our group:
Aren’t we beautiful?
You may wonder what I’m wearing.
One thing we learned that was during Purim, the Jewish people sometimes dress up as some of the characters from the Esther story. This was the closest I could get to royal robes!
I leave this study reminded that I am a woman of influence…that I was placed here, in this little corner of the world, for such a time as this.
Thank you, Beth. You always inspire.