These women received beauty treatments for A YEAR before they could meet the King. I felt a sudden pang of jealousy when I looked at my "desperately in need of a manicure" nails. I thought that the King really spoiled them and that any woman deserves to be spoiled like that!
This verse stuck in my heart and as I started meditating on it God revealed something I never would have considered. This was their PREPARATION to meet the King. For twelve months they underwent preparation to be beautiful for their presentation to the King. This can apply to our inner beauty, the beauty God created to His very own image. The beauty He sees. Am I willing to ask God for twelve months of beauty treatment for my heart? Yes I am. I want to be a prepared, beautiful woman when I have to meet my King. I want to reflect His beauty, but not just for God, for the world as well. I want others to see the Beauty of God in my heart and not my own. Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
It all sounds sublime, but it's a bit scary too. I am opening my heart completely for the treatment and preparation God deems fit to prepare me. I do not know what the preparations are, but I do know this: God will transform my heart to a heart of inner beauty reflecting His.