Each young woman’s turn came to gain to King Ahasuerus aftershe had completed
twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulationsfor the women, for thus were the
days of their preparation apportioned:six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with
perfumes and preparationsfor beautifying women.
To many Nebraskans, football is king. Every game at the University of Nebraska takes a
lot of preparation. Two days before the game 25 people meet to plan their strategies for
ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
Game day begins at 3:30A.M. for a 1:00 P.M. kickoff. In the following hours concession
deliveries provide for 10,000 slices of pizza, 20,000 hot dogs, 60,000 drinks and a half ton
Security details make multiple sweeps of the stadium; electricians and plumbers activate
the necessary systems; identification Checkers take up their posts; and various police units
prepare to respond to any emergency. Before the day is over, some workers will have put in
more than 14 hours of preparation.
Yet all these preparations are nothing compared with those endured by the women chosen to
meet the king of Persia. For six months they bathed in oil of myrrh. For another six months
they soaked in perfumes. just to be ready when their time came to meet Ahasuerus.
Christians also have an appointment with their King. The apostle Paul speaks of that
moment when “we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess.
4:17). What a glorious moment that will be!
But now is the time to prepare. Today is all we have to earn the right to be called “good
and faithful servants.” Yesterday is gone; tomorrow may never come. Seize your
YOU HAVE ETERNITY TO ENJOY THE HONEY MOON, BUT ONLY A
SHORT TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE WEDDING.