At my church we’re doing a study of the book of Esther, written by Beth Moore. We’ve seen the introductory video and done the first week’s “homework” and today we’ll follow up with the discussion of that and have Week One video. It’s a good study and it’s really made me do some thinking this week.
It’s Tough Being A Woman – that’s the subtitle of the study. Beth did a small survey asking women to name the three things that make it tough to be a woman. Oh the answers she’s gotten! Some hilarious, some profound! One woman said, 1. Hormones 2. Hormones 3. Hormones There are days I’d sure agree with her!
This first week we’ve thought about this statement, “It’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow.” For Esther that meant living in Queen Vashti’s shadow: Queen Vashti refused to come and be shown off when Xerxes ordered her to. It’s possible that he wanted her to be naked, except for her crown, in front of this crowd of drunk party goers. It’s possible she was just too busy as she was giving a party of her own at the time. It’s possible she didn’t want to be ordered around like that. Whatever her reason, she refused and was banished from the kingdom. She was the most beautiful woman ever seen so Esther not only had to “compete” with that but she was following a disobedient woman so you can bet that was something that was discussed in that household!
There are other reasons it might be tough to follow in another woman’s shadow that you and I might live with…being a second wife after the “perfect” wife, being the daughter of a perfect/very very bad mother/grandmother, being the younger sister of the girl who wins all the prizes in school. I’m sure there are as many shadows as there are women.
So here’s your question today girls. First, tell me three reasons (or one if you can only think of one) why it’s tough being a woman. I don’t think any of us would change and not be a woman but there are certainly times when it can be difficult! And if you want to elaborate, why it’s tough living in another woman’s shadow and how you succeed at it.