When the king calmed down over the actions of Vashti, he thought about how to proceed. His servants suggested seeking out beautiful virgins for the king, and bringing them to the citadel, or palace, to allow the king to choose a new queen. Mordecai, a Jew, had a cousin named Hadassah, also known as Esther, who he had adopted once her parents died. Esther was chosen as one of the candidates for the office of queen. The eunuch in charge of the women, Hegai, favored Esther, and gave her more than her allowance of beauty preparations. He also moved her to the best place in the house of the women. At Mordecai’s charge, she had not revealed she was a Jewish girl.
Every day, Mordecai paced in front of the women’s quarters to hear about Esther’s welfare. Each young woman’s turn came after they had completed twelve months of preparation. They were treated with myrrh for six months and perfumes and other preparations for six months. Each woman would go to the king in the evening, and in the morning she would return to the second house for the women, to Shaashgaz, the eunuch who kept the concubines. When it was Esther’s turn, she followed Hegai’s instructions and found favor in the sight of all who saw her. She was taken to Ahaseurus, and he loved her more than all the other women, so he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen. He then made a great feast and gave gifts.
While Mordecai sat at the king’s gate, he overheard two of the king’s eunuchs plotting to lay hands on Ahaseurus the king. He told Queen Esther, and she informed the king in the name of Mordecai. When an inquiry was made, and the story was confirmed, they hanged the men on a gallows, and it was written in the book of the Chronicles in the presence of the king.
What an eventful year or so in the life of Esther! She was a captive Jewish girl, whose beauty opened the door for her to advance through the ranks of the candidates for queen and become the monarch alongside Ahaseurus. She found favor wherever she went, and especially with the king. Mordecai, a good cousin and mentor, helped her navigate the politics of the situation, and she was successful. While beauty is not the most important quality in a woman, in this case it won Esther favor that set her up for influence in the kingdom. Whatever gifts God has given you, do not shy away when they produce opportunities. God can and will open doors for you that will lead to even greater opportunities. God is positioning you for the destiny to which He has called you. Be aware and don’t miss the opportunity that God is providing. Esther probably never thought she would be queen, but God opened a huge door. It will amaze you where He will take you if you are aware and believe!