I have to be honest, I love my bed and I love 8 hours of sleep. So one thing that really put me off the woman described in Proverbs 31, was the fact that she started her day in the middle of the night. She rose early, not just to make breakfast for her family (I could sort of understand that), but to cook for her servants too! Why would anyone do that?
She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household and a portion for her maidservants. Proverbs 31 v 15
It was only when I recognised her love for food that it began to make sense. As I wrote in a previous post, this woman loved to experiment with new foods. She enjoyed trying out new ingredients and tasting the latest thing. She was a total foodie!
No wonder she woke early, she wanted to get on with trying out her newest idea while the house was still quiet. So that explains part of it, but what kind of woman would do all that for servants?
When I first started studying Proverbs 31, I imagined her doing everything I had to do, and then the superwoman bits on top. No wonder she seemed unobtainable and unrelateable to me. But this lady had servants. There’s no mention of her sweeping the house, washing the clothes, fetching water from the well etc. Her maidservants did those tasks so she could do the things she was good at. Instead of taking them for granted, the woman showed her appreciation by ensuring they had good food at the start of the day and in turn I’m sure they used their skills to work hard for her.
Occasionally someone will hear about a crazy week in my life and wonder how I get it all done. They don’t always see the amazing support network of friends and family that I’m blessed to have around me, freeing me up to do the crazy. They also don’t see the ways that I give back to my network and the ways I free up others to be what they’re called to be.
It’s easy to fall for the independence lie that we can do-it-all, but God created us to be interdependent with each other. It’s when we use our unique skills and talents to bless others that our lives are richer.
So I may not rise in the middle of the night to bake for my friends and family, but I will constantly look for ways I can use my skills to bless them. After all I am so grateful for every time they have used their skills to be a blessing to me.