“She puts her hands on the distaff, and her fingers hold a spindle.” Proverbs 31:19
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “What the heck is a distaff?” Yeah, I thought the same thing, so I googled it. Turns out a distaff is a stick or spindle used for spinning, designed to keep the unspun fibers untangled – easing the process of spinning. Which then led me to, “Okay what is a spindle?” Keep in mind, I’m only 19. I didn’t have the luxury of growing up with such antique technology. In a nut shell, a spindle is a device that spins fibers into thread. After studying this, I wondered why this particular verse would be included in the very long list of attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman. At first read, it appears to be one of those boring pieces of scripture with little to no meaning behind the print on the paper. But after a second, third, fourth, and FIFTH read, it started making sense.
The 13 words in this one verse, pack quite a punch. First and foremost, this verse represents the hard work and diligence of the Proverbs 31 woman. The fact that she turns fibers into threads, proves that not only is she creative, and talented, but also resourceful. The distaff represents her ability to stay organized and keep her work paced and easy to tackle. The spindle, where the fibers are turned to thread, is proof that her diligence has paid off. She has reaped what she sowed.
While this verse tells us of her physical work, it also tells us of her spiritual work. Notice that this scripture says, she puts her hands on the distaff, and her fingers hold a spindle. It doesn’t actually mention her hands doing the spinning. I love this representation of faith. Imagine the distaff being God, just like the distaff keeps the fibers from tangling, God keeps our lives from being a tangled mess – if we would only set our eyes on Him. Now imagine the spindle being our daily lives, if we have our eyes set on Jesus, and allow Him to work in our lives, we will hold an abundant life.
Remember that old saying, “You reap what you sow?” I’ve heard it in several different contexts, but I feel like this verse in particular really brought it to light for me. If my eyes aren’t intentionally set on Jesus, then my life is surely not producing the type of fruit that I desire. If I sow a mess, I’ll reap a mess. But, If I place my hands onto my distaff, my Jesus – He will untangle the fibers of life, and I will hold a life of abundance. – Arrianna
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Arrianna is a happy-go-lucky young lady who enjoys beauty, fashion, and spreading the love of Jesus through: small groups, YouTube videos, and blogging. Her dream is to one day be a wife, mother, and friend – but most importantly a world changer for the Kingdom of God. For more about Arrianna, click here.