I have been avoiding writing about the Proverbs 31 woman for a loooooonnngggg time.
But, as my lesson for my branch’s Ladies Circle meeting was approaching, I decided to talk about her and see what my sisters had to say.
I went to them for inspiration on a woman that I never understood.
And what I found interesting was that most of my sisters referred to Proverbs 31 as a set of advice or guidelines, while I saw her as an actual woman, a person with feelings and hopes and sorrows.
In my mind, this woman dealt with all of the things that I deal with. So what made her so unrelatable and unattainable to me?
I have always seen this woman as a woman of extreme patience, kindness, and compassion. She has always been this gracious lady who, no matter what, kept her composure and calm.
But mostly, I have seen her as a very passive actor in her world, letting whatever comes come and whatever doesn’t, she doesn’t chase after it.
This woman thrives because she sits and lets it all happen.
But, alas, I was 100 percent incorrect!
As I dug through this chapter more, I realized something.
Almost every sentence starts with this woman doing something.
For Ladies Circle, I pulled out all of these subject-action combos:
- She will
- She seeketh
- [She] worketh willingly with her hands
- She is
- She bringeth
- She riseth
- [She] giveth
- She considereth
- She planteth
- She girdeth
- [She] strengtheneth
- She stretcheth
- She reacheth
- She is not afraid
- She maketh
- She selleth
- She looketh
So you’re like, “Great, this woman does stuff.”
But here’s the thing. And this is what I realized about her (and what’s important for me). My spiritual life should be a long list of subject-action combinations like the above. What comes after doesn’t matter, but the fact is that this woman is working.
I do not make tapestries or collect meat for my family or plant anything (ever).
But guess what? All those verbs ahead of all those things still apply to my church life, and I should be filling them out every week for God.
Maybe instead of planting a field, we’re planting ourselves deep in God’s Word.
Instead of considering market prices for threads, we’re considering how good God is in our lives.
And that is this woman.
The point of her (in my opinion) is that she is working, even when it doesn’t seem like it because God has been good in her life.
This woman is no passive actor. Instead, she is taking God’s blessings in her life and turning them around for her family and for those around her as well. So that all can see the testimony that she has: that God is with her and so she will not fail.
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