As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care. Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.
When we decided to go into volunteer quarantine, this verse came to mind. We had been isolated from the public for a month on an island that was not currently dangerous, and, on the way, home avoided public airports and transportation. We were encouraged to go into a 14-day quarantine when we returned. We didn’t feel sick and to our knowledge weren’t exposed to sickness, but we still wanted to take precautions.
It seems God has called many of us apart at this time. To our knowledge we seem okay. But maybe, just maybe, God wants to purify us and continue the deep inner journey of the soul.
Nothing was wrong with Esther either, or the other young virgins who had been chosen to marry the king. They were chosen because they already were beautiful. But they prepared and purified themselves to be their very best before meeting the king. The king was to be honored with the best.
This is also a time for us to honor God with our best. Esther spent a year purifying herself. Surely 14-days isn’t too much.