things went monotonously today. everything was routine: hit the alarm at 5:30, slept for another hour, got up at 6:30, poured cereal into my bowl followed by banana and yogurt, put it in the fridge, walked to the bathroom to wash my face, walked back, sat down with my breakfast bowl, shoved each spoon into my mouth while my eyes poring over the infamous passage of proverbs 31 “the wife of noble character”, prayed, went into shower, got dressed, rode bike to the office and worked all day long.
two things that aren’t as much of a routine are 1) i was 10 mins. late for work and 2) the passage of proverbs 31.
i must’ve read this scripture for more than 10 times already. today, as i read, i felt a little depressed. “how on earth am i going to meet all the criterias?!”, i thought to myself. i don’t even wake up before the sunrise and i get real sleepy when others around me are still working on computer or at the sewing machine. i don’t sew as my mom does nor do i have a business mind. i don’t even cook!
but the word of the Lord came to me, “shush, mink, you’re just making too much of yourself. here’s what you need to do – fear Me, revere Me and i will show you the way…to be whom you’re created to be.”
these characters, as in other places in the proverbs, are ideal. and we aren’t expected to be all that were written in here although we should try…at least. but one thing i do know that is expected of us is in verse 30:
“charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.“
proverbs 1:7 begins the series of “fearing God” by saying, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” throughout the book of proverbs, many verses emphasize on this message. and at the end, it completes the thought of the authors with proverbs 31:30. i think this is a beautiful way to close the curtain of proverbs.
another passage about women i came across today is from 1 timothy 2:9-11. i was sitting at my desk when my friend spoke to me, “i really don’t like this passage. it just hits me hard.” she’s a really great and God-loving person and she enjoys clothes and accessories. 🙂 it’s always fun to anticipate how she’s going to dress today. it’s kinda refreshing because i don’t normally have such creativity for myself. 😉
but when she read this scripture to me, it brought me back to proverbs 31. are women supposed to be barren-looking, eye-sorrowful and wearing a gray gown with dissheveled hair? far be it from us!
God doesn’t look from the outside. He sees to the innermost part of our being and judging from what we are from there. But it’s also for us to prioritize.
the first and foremost is the Lord, the beautiful Savior, the omnipotent God and the perfect Creator. that’s where our whole focus should be upon. not look and fashion. not occupational success. not how to be a good wife with “noble characters”. but how to be a loving daughter, a faithful friend and an obedient servant to Him…at all time. when we give God our everything, He will give more than everything back to us.
my friend’s sister wrote something very profound about women and i’d like to end it with this:
“whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. if you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby. if you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. if you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. if you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. she multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. so, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.”