April 5, 2011
Proverbs 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchants
This is yet another example of her skill, entrepreneurial abilities, and responsibility to her family. Not only is she able to make beautiful things worthy to be sold in the market place, many people probably had the ability, but what is more impressive to me is that she had the self-drive to do it. I can imagine that this being several years ahead to the electric sewing machine that one didn’t just whip out clothes easily, I’m sure that even with an electric sewing machine one doesn’t whip out clothes easily; nope, I’d say she had to be diligent in planning her day to make sure that along with all her other responsibilities there was time for her sewing. I would love to know this lady’s heart; I would love to have seen her children. To know how they were impacted by living with such a woman. To expect to live up to this standard every day is unattainable and unnecessary. This “poem” is an “ideal” that we look to but realize that we will never truly be like every day of our lives. Like I’ve mentioned before I’m sure there were days when she was a little off; yet, for the whole of her life the desire for her household to thrive was greater than all else. The ability to put others in front of ourselves is a hard lesson but a necessary one. So, instead, of looking at this lady’s life and getting immediately depressed because our lives look nothing like this, and then giving up; pray about then pick one aspect of her life and add it to ours. If we have problems in the area of time management, or our appearances, or our self-discipline, work on one area until it’s complete. Then move on to the next one. Life is a learning experience, and will be greater for our having the patience to grow.