"She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar." Proverbs 31:14
In continuing my study of the Proverbs 31 woman, I am amazed at this lady and how resourceful she seems. Merchant ships traveled to several different countries, picking up their goods and bringing them back home. The journey took several days and was very tiresome to those on board, yet, they searched for only the finest goods. This lady is compared to those ships, wanting only the best for her family and going out of her way to provide that.
Ladies, we all want only the best for our families and we will do anything to get it. Sometimes, however, it gets tiresome, but we go out of our way to please our husband and children, or those closest to us. We grocery shop, using our coupons to try and find the bargains, not only to save money, but to be able to cook nutritious meals. Our children outgrow clothes quickly, therefore, we shop the department stores for the most reasonably priced clothing. We keep a clean, clutter-free home for those who live there to feel comfortable. We act as chauffeur when there are football games or doctor's appointments. It would seem as if our "journey" never ends. But this is part of what makes us the virtuous woman that we all aspire to be.
We should not begrudge having to "go the distance" for our families. It is a high-calling that God has entrusted us with. Yes, it is work. Yes, it can be monotonous sometimes. But, in the end, it will be worth it all. Our families will not only feel that we truly care about them and their well-being, but that we love them and are willing to do what it takes to make them feel that way.
Jesus is our strength and He will help us in those times that we don't feel "adequate" enough to do the work He has called us to do. So, remember, make time to rest in Him and let His "peace that passes all understanding" sweep over you and energize you for the work ahead!