Sometimes I have really random thoughts. Most leave as quickly as they come, but every once in a while one sticks to my brain like Velcro until I peel it off and take a closer look at it.
I loosened the grip of one thought recently and examined it from a few different angles. It involved the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s not a real woman but an example to model after; however, I am a real woman, and God would not have teased me with a glimpse at the attributes of this “Wife of Noble Character” if He hadn’t also enabled me to develop those same traits.
She is the epitome of perfection, a woman of wisdom, compassion, and honor, possessing strength, fortitude, and business acumen.
So here’s the random thought: Except for the obvious inability to independently propagate the species, I wonder, Had God created Ms. P31 first, would Adam have even been necessary? (Sorry, guys! As I said, it’s a random thought.) Once we get beyond the procreation issue (since we know God can produce life in a virgin’s womb), a world full of Ms. P31s would have everything running like a well-oiled machine!
The earth revolves in large part because of the giftedness God has placed in women. We have been enabled to fulfill the role He had in mind for us, just like Ms. P31. And we don’t do just one thing at a time — no, ma’am! We are multitalented, buying and selling, clothing our families, caring for friends, giving wise advice — many times all in the same day! How intricately woven together we are!
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Proverbs 31:29
When my paternal grandmother passed away many years ago, my heart was flooded with emotion. My mind’s eye took me on a trip down memory lane recalling how busy her hands were. In the wee hours of each morning, light from the kitchen crept underneath the door into the adjoining bedroom where I slept as she began her day. She did not eat the bread of idleness. How she blessed us with her quiet strength and gentle guidance as a living example of the Proverbs 31 woman. We all have that remarkable woman God placed within our families.
I’d like to believe that I bear even a smidgen of resemblance to my grandmother, albeit in a more contemporary fashion. I don’t spend my days at a sewing machine or a stove but, instead, organizing thoughts and ideas for leading a small group, catching up with friends who may need encouragement or advice, picking up pastries for those attending my work assignment, or throwing a load of laundry in the washer on the way out the door to a gym class. You know the routine because you do it too!
But here’s where the random thought in my head starts to unravel. I can go at breakneck speed for days on end until, strength depleted, I end up at a standstill. I need balance … I need a break … I need down time. You single moms with your hands full, trying to be everything your kids need, you widows with a double portion of responsibility, and young women hoping to be married but trying to make it on your own, even you who are married but your Adam isn’t fulfilling his role … you need balance, a break, down time. You need rest.
Where do you find your rest?
In those sleepless moments in the middle of the night while I lie awake thinking of what needs to be done tomorrow, there is a tender stirring within my spirit that reminds me I need more than rest. I need Jesus. I need his reassurance that the weight of the world does not rest on my shoulders alone, that He will help me. He gently reminds me that apart from Him I can do nothing, that I can cast my cares on Him. He is the One Who refreshes me and gives me strength to do all I have been called to do throughout my days on earth. Oh, how I need Him.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25
I’ll concede that there are a few things I don’t want to do, like fix a leaky pipe or replace a toilet. And a few things I can’t do, like crank the lawn mower on the first try or independently propagate the species. But for those things I can do, there is One I cannot do them without … Jesus.
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Pam Freitag Weyant traded the harsh Midwestern winters for the sunny South. Her best friends are her steno machine (she works as a freelance court reporter), her aged but adorable cocker spaniel Jake, and books. She is grateful for time spent traveling, writing creative nonfiction, and working out. Her goal each day is to share her story with others so they may also find freedom in a redemptive Savior. Read more of Pam’s Breath on Paper bio here.