I've started facilitating our January Bible study, Beth Moore's Esther: It's Tough Being A Woman, and can tell you after only 2 weeks of homework that it's going to be great! I was so ready for a Bible study. If I don't have one going, I don't feel right somehow.
Our first day of Bible study was January 20--the day our new President was inaugurated. I missed the ceremonies because I had to be at church by 10:30 that morning, and the ladies who attended agreed with me that it was an exciting day and an historic occasion, but that we could watch the ceremony reruns played by the networks or go online later during the day or week so we wouldn't feel like we missed out on anything. Imagine our surprise when the video portion of the Introductory session of Esther opened with Beth standing before the White House in Washington, DC! How appropriate! We all looked at each other and laughed. Who but God could have ordained that by being obedient and showing up for Bible study, we would at least get to see the White House, if not the inauguration, on that particular morning.
Thinking about the President's office being the most powerful office in the United States and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it, it was easy to make the leap in context to Esther being sucked into a beauty contest to marry the most powerful king in the world. She was taken from a life of simplicity and plunged into a life of luxury and also intrigue. I can't wait to see the next video portion tomorrow. We're taking a chapter of Esther at a time and will end somewhere near the end of March. When we finish this study, we will know the book of Esther very well!