In case you're new here... my women's group has been doing a once a
month outreach as part of our "Beyond the Book" Bible Study format.
Just last Wednesday we went to Open House Ministries to be a blessing
to the women there in a small but significant way... we hosted a Spa
Party just for them!
Before we began to file, soak, shape and color, I shared a devotional based on something that initiated the Spa Party outreach months ago. I thought you might be blessed by it as well...
I love the entire story of Esther in the OT… she’s an incredible woman and I encourage you to read her story sometime… she has a whole book in the OT devoted to her. But one day as I was reading, God really
spoke to my heart about one particular piece of Esther’s story… the part about her beauty treatments.
You see… when the story opens Esther is just an ordinary
young Jewish woman… incredibly beautiful the Bible tells us… but still
ordinary… just like you and me… until the day the King set out to find a bride
and Esther was brought into the king’s court for a season of preparation. Twelve
months of spa time… not just manicures and pedicures but facials, body wraps,
and every other beauty treatment you can
imagine… all to prepare her to meet the King face to face.
As I read that… I began to think about how one day we will meet our King face to face and what a joyful day that will be. And the time we have left here on earth is our season of beauty treatments to prepare us to meet our Lord… but as much as we love a being bodily pampered and having a spa night out… God is all about beautifying our hearts… making us ready to meet our King. Isn’t that an incredible thought.
Because… just as we use clippers, and files and maybe a pumice stone to mold and shape our nails and soften our soles… God uses the circumstances of our lives… good and bad and even the most painful… to mold our character and soften our hearts to look more and more like Jesus. And He won’t waste one single beauty treatment if we’re willing to sit in His Spa and let Him do His transforming work in our lives.
So remember... God loves you right where you are… you are beautiful in His eyes no matter if your toenails are painted or not… and just like Esther, you were born for such a time as this so whatever you’re facing in life, God can take what the enemy might intend for evil and turn it around and use it for your good and His glory.
Thanks for letting me share...
and I hope your heart was encouraged!