Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Strength and Honor Are Her Clothing
"Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come."
Proverbs 31:25 NKJV
It seems like I just read this verse not long ago...oh, yes! I did! And I even wrote about it:
(Click HERE for THAT story)...but my emphasis was a little different. Today instead of the "she shall rejoice in the time to come" portion of the verse, I am thinking more about the "strength and honor are her clothing" section. Why? Well, maybe because I got a new flannel shirt today and I wanted to show it off. (That's true, but that's kind of a silly thing to write about, don't you think?)
I did actually get this new flannel shirt today. I don't know why that has evoked such sentiment and drama for me...but it has.
You see, when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told him I really wanted a nice soft, cozy flannel shirt to wear around the house. He didn't take me seriously and didn't realize that I truly wanted a flannel shirt for Christmas! So, needless to say, I didn't get one. Now here it is a month later, and I told him today when we went shopping at Walmart that I was going to buy myself a flannel shirt if they still had any. I looked first in the women's department, but didn't see what I wanted there, so I headed to the men's department, and lo! and behold! They had flannel shirts on sale! I had to shuffle through the stacks to find one that would fit me in the color I wanted, and finally found the one and only one left. I grabbed it and put it in my buggy before someone else came along and got it first!
When we returned home the first thing I did was pull off all the stickers and labels and put it in the wash so it could get washed and dried and ready to wear as soon as possible. This was such a special moment I asked my husband to take my picture in it. I think he's still scratching his head over how I could be so thrilled over a simple thing like a flannel shirt. Maybe next year he'll listen to me when I tell him what I want for Christmas!
But this post isn't really about my new flannel shirt or getting what I want for Christmas. It's about Strength and Honor...the clothing of the "Proverbs 31" woman...that marvelous, amazing, blessed, strong, intelligent, faithful, godly woman that we all would love to be, but doubt we'll ever reach her level of "perfection". Reaching a level of perfection in this life is not really my goal, and probably isn't yours either. We are just striving to make it through life one day at a time, dealing with whatever stresses or sorrows or unexpected issues that come our way and making it safely to the other side.
I like what God said to the children of Israel in Isaiah 40:31~
"But those who wait on the Lord
shall renew their strength;
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
And again in Isaiah 30:15, God tells us:
"In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence
shall be your strength."
Further in Isaiah 30:18...
"Therefore the Lord will wait,
that He may be GRACIOUS to you;
And therefore He will be exalted,
that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him."
I love these thoughts today...my strength comes from the Lord...
He has clothed me with His strength,
Sometimes we have to wait on the Lord for the best gifts to arrive...like my new flannel shirt.
If I had received this new shirt on Christmas day I doubt that I would have thought so much about its significance. I might have missed this special deeper gift that God wanted to give me today. I am glad that He waited to show me the hidden message of being blessed by waiting on Him.
"Blessed are all those who wait for Him."