I’m not going to lie. This past week has been a struggle. Nothing super monumental happened. I have just had a horrible time focusing. My quiet time at the beginning of the week did not start off the way that I wanted. I think I allowed it to throw my entire week.
Have you heard the song, “Good, Good Father”? There is a quite a few versions of this song on iTunes, but Chris Tomlin’s rendition is my favorite. This past week, I have listened to it at least once a day. Some days it is more like five or six times. The chorus is what gets me:
You’re a good, good Father
It’s who you are.
And I am loved by You
It’s who I am.
Sometimes, the simplest words hold the deepest truths. The core of our amazing God is a good, good Father. The core of who we are, as His children, is loved by Him. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done. He has unconditional love for us. That truth is the simplest but also the hardest to grasp.
The Lord extended so much grace to me this week. He knew I was struggling to get this post written, and He stepped in and gave me an awesome inspiration via Pinterest of all places.
This simple quote led me to the deeper meaning of the verses in Proverbs 31 for this week.
She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her
food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her
household and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her
hands she plants a vineyard.
While it may be difficult to grasp how these verses apply to the modern woman, the Lord offered me a simple truth: The woman described in these verses is fearless.
She does not sit back in the shadows.
She is not a doormat.
She takes charge of her household.
She provides for them in everyway she can.
She does not fear.
She knows that her source is the Lord, and she relies on Him while still doing her part.
This woman is not slothful.
She does not allow things to be done for her.
She takes challenges head-on.
She knows what the Lord has given her, and she strives to be worthy of His blessings. To quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (This is actually a Biblical concept. Look up Luke 12:48.)
How do we balance the concept of having a take-charge attitude with the concept of being a submissive wife, a wife who allows herself to be taken care of?
Truthfully, I think this is going to look different for everyone. The ways I let William take care of me are going to be different than the ways you let your husband take care of you. I think it is very clear in these verses that while the Lord expects you to be submissive, He does not expect you to be a doormat. You have to be willing to fight for what you need and what your family needs. You also have to extend the respect that your husband deserves and not try to walk all over him.
My prayer for this week is that the Lord reveals to each of us how we can put these concepts into practice. That He shows us the appropriate times to take charge and the appropriate times to back down. May He continue to bless us and help us grow into the women that He has created us to be.