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Beth Moore and Big Texas Hair

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2009 by Whit.

beth-moore-lg-image Have you ever heard the saying “the higher the hair, the closer to God?” Okay, so I’m currently participating in the “Esther” Bible study with some friends from church and today was our second meeting.  This is the first Beth Moore Bible study I have participated in, but not my first interaction with her.  (Last fall, my mom bought tickets to the “Living Proof Live” Simulcast at her church, and was confused  because Beth Moore wasn’t actually in the building…)  I think Beth is a beautiful woman, both internally and externally, but I’ve often wondered how long it takes Beth to fix her hair every morning.  I guess it all depends on whether it’s naturally straight or curly. But surprisingly enough, this post is going somewhere that doesn’t involve a bottle of hairspray. 

Today’s video focused on Esther 2:1-7.  Let me set up the plot:  Esther opens with the introduction of King Xerxes and Queen Vashti, the royalty of the Persian Empire.  Xerxes (who seems to be quite the ego maniac) throws a party for all his cronies during the first 180 days of his reign.  Needless to say, wine was involved.  During this time, Queen Vashti throws her own fiesta for all the ladies.  At the culmination of the 180 day long shin-dig, Xerxes summons Vashti to be presented (or paraded) in front of all the drunken men.  She says no… he says go… and she gets kicked out of the palace on her pretty little head.  Long story, short.  This leaves Xerxes with the predicament of replacing her.  Needless to say, it becomes “The Bachelor, Queen of Persia” edition.  They place all these beautiful young women in a harem and give them “beauty treatments” (verse 3)  If you’re like me, and cheat and read ahead, you learn that  “before a girl’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments… (verse 12)” Whichever girl pleased King Xerxes would become the new queen. 

Oh, to be a fly on the wall…. 

But seriously, a full year of beauty treatments!  Extreme Makeover doesn’t even take that long!  I would say that today’s “Top Model” society is not too far from that of ancient Persia.  Each week, Beth introduces a scenario that completes the sentence, “It’s tough being a woman…”  This week’s lesson  suggests that

“It’s tough being a woman in a world where beauty is a treatment.”

A world where beauty is something you do… not who you are or a quality to possess, and most definitely not a condition of the heart.  Hearing this on the heels of studying John and Stasi Eldredge’s Captivating, paints a very interesting picture of where our perceptions stand in relation to true beauty.  To quote their writing,

Beauty speaks. Beauty invites.  Beauty nourishes.  Beauty comforts. Beauty inspires. Beauty is transcendent.  Beauty draws us to God.  Simon Weil wrote ‘The beauty of the world is almost the only way by which we can allow God to penetrate us… Beauty captivates the senses in order to obtain permission to pass straight through to the soul… The soul’s inclination to love beauty is the trap God most frequently uses in order to win it.’ God has given this beauty to Eve, to every woman.  Beauty is core to a woman- who she is and what she longs to be- and one of the most glorious ways we bear the image of God in a broken and often ugly world.”  Captivating: A Guided Journal  Pg 149

Even though I’ve worn lip gloss twice in the last six months and my "one month supply” of bare minerals is working towards its second birthday, I have a beauty to share with the world and there’s no need to strive or undergo twelve months of beauty treatments to procure it.  The irony stands that in striving, we diminish our beauty, because beauty flows from a heart that is at rest.

I know that seems like an awful lot to chew on, and if you’ve hung in with me for this long, I’m proud.  I’ll keep you up with the play-by-play on Esther, if you’ll bear with me.