1998-05-30 - Willing Hands
The Virtuous Woman Series, Part 4
Proverbs 31:13 - "She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
We talk with our friends on the phone and the 'net. We know what's going on with everyone around us. The Days of Our Lives are spent avoiding All My Children.
And the dishes are in the sink, the laundry is crawling out of the basket, and the dust bunnies are playing in the cobwebs.
Let me tell you about my mending pile. It is about 3 feet tall. I went through it a few months ago and eliminated some of it. Mended some, cut some up for rags, cut some more up for a quilt that I am planning to think about for the next 5 years. I found some shorts that my youngest son outgrew 9 years ago.
The family joke was … if you have something that needs mending, throw it on the pile and forget about it. It's not that I don't like to sew, I really don't know how. And the things that I DID mend, back when I was ambitious and before the internet came into my life, they would rip right back out, so I grew discouraged.
But, God has been laying it on my heart lately that money I have been spending for new shirts, pants, etc. has really been misspent because there are clothes in that pile that could be sewed and reused. Some of it can't.
Am I willing to work with my hands? When I look at this verse, I think of the materials used … wool and flax. Linen for cooler weather, wool for warmer. She really took care of her family.
So, maybe this verse isn't about sewing. It's about priorities. My friends are important, but God gave me a family to take care of. To work willingly for. To invest my time in.
The Days of My Life will vanish away. All My Children will move on. But Our Guiding Light remains strong and firm.
What am I doing with my hands?
Lord, I waste time so frequently. And my laundry pile really does walk away. And sometimes the spiders could weave my family's clothing with their many strands that decorate my walls. Father, forgive me. Help to willingly work with my hands. Help me to remember that my priorities should be the same as the ones YOU have designed for my life. Thank You for not only being a God Who forgives, but also a God Who helps. Thank You for what You are doing in my life today. Amen