I don’t know what you think when you read Proverbs 31 in the Bible, but my first thought is wow, I fall very short of this woman, and not just because I’m only 5’2″. Then I read over the versus again and realize that I do many of these things or something similar in this modern age.
However, verse 26 says “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindess [giving counsel and instruction].” I am a pretty nice person but I can also be not so nice and dare I say ugly. So when I read chapter 31 this is how I picture myself.
I have a tendency to be a very direct person. Sometimes this hurts people, including those closest to me. My husband is completely opposite of this and so is one of my daughters, so I try to find a happy medium and use more tact when talking to people who may get hurt by my words.
My youngest daughter is a very quiet introvert, like her father. My oldest daughter is like me, and we are not quiet people. We are loud and animated, and somewhere between introvert and extrovert. My youngest daughter has been through a lot as a child and has clung to me tightly. Together we have been through a lot of struggles. She wrote me this poem several years back and it makes me sound like a Proverbs 31 woman. The first line makes me laugh out loud because I do not see myself like this at all, but the poem makes me happy and proud of her and me.
“A gentle woman, full of peace,
A soothing love that will not cease.
Her love is comfort to my soul;
To pay it back, an impossible goal.
Time again through the years,
She’s been there to wipe away my tears.
In all life’s pitfalls lying ahead,
I’lll follow the path that she has led.
She is the person I’d love to be,
Hope her beliefs and morals are seen through me.
Thank you, Mah, for all you’ve done;
You’ve given a world with hope to someone.”
Like most things in the Bible we will not always hit the mark right away but we have to keep striving to be our best, for our families, for ourselves, for our Lord. So even though I may sometimes sound like Xena the Warrior, I will continue to strive for the balance between her and that gentle woman full of peace.