A Year for A day

Every task executed with excellence or precision has preparation as a key. Good results don’t just happen, they are accompanied by the process of preparation.

Preparation according to dictionary is “the action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration,” while to prepare means “to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use or activity.”

It is great to have a vision, dream, goal, or purpose but the lack of preparation will almost always affect the results you get.

In the book of Esther chapter two, some ladies were handpicked to go before the king when it came time for him to choose a new bride. One of the first things you notice is that the ladies who were picked were beautiful.

“Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;” Esther 2: 2B NKJV

Being beautiful, though a criteria, was not enough. They still had to be put through a preparation process for a period of twelve months before they could stand before the king.

Having the brainpower, the resources, or the manpower to execute is not enough. Being academically intelligent is not enough. Having a vision, purpose or goal is not enough. All these are great for a start but they do not replace preparation or the act of preparing.

Esther 2:12 stated: “The regular beauty treatment for the women lasted a year—massages with oil of myrrh for six months and with oil of balsam for six more. After that, each woman would be taken in turn to King Xerxes.” (GNT)

These women underwent such monotony for six months, then another six months of yet another monotonous process. Monotony is not a bad thing. In fact, it is in monotony and repetition that skills are honed and perfected. The more you repeat an act, the better you get at it. You may find yourself feeling stuck at some point doing the same routine over and over again without seeing results and wonder if you have somehow lost the plot. The answer, fortunately, is most probably not. Some results take longer than others to manifest.

You could also be experiencing the other end of the spectrum, going through varying processes all the time and wondering if it’s normal.

Genesis 37:6-7 reads: “Listen to the dream I had. We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it.”

Then also in verse 9: Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers, “I had another dream, in which I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.”

From the time Joseph had his dreams till the time they were fulfilled took years and lots of processes, yet Joseph stayed the course (which in itself is an act of preparation). Don’t be in a hurry to jump onto the next best thing. Stay the course and work on that vision. You might spend a year, a few years, a lot of years preparing for a one-day event but never despair as that one-day event could change the course of history.

Esther becoming Queen changed the course of Israel’s history; it was never about the year long beauty treatments she received, it was much bigger than that. But, the key preparation to this major historical change involved something as mundane as a monotonous body massage.



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