Intimidated by the Virtuous Woman
Do you ever feel intimidated by the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31? I sure have! She was the model of perfection.
I remember going through a time when I couldn’t seem to do anything right. I went to cut off a pair of Rachel’s pants to make Capri’s out of them. I cut the same leg twice!
Another time I got really energetic and was trying to do some in-depth cleaning. In my haste to get as much accomplished before my energy level dropped, I used the wrong cleaner on a door and ruined the finish. Shortly thereafter, I ruined our evening meal.
Everything within me was screaming, “YOU ARE A FAILURE!” I had to stop and tell myself the truth. While Rachel was not going to have Capri’s from that one pair of pants, she was able to have a pair of shorts.
So maybe the finish on the door was ruined, but that is something which can easily be corrected. Plus, I looked at all of the other things I accomplished that day. I wasn’t a failure! Actually, I was quite productive!
I ruined one meal out of how many? In other words, that meal was a failure, not me.
Now back to that virtuous woman….She may appear to be the model of perfection. In reality, she had mastered being perfect as our Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) In this verse, “perfect” means mature. The virtuous woman learned not to let mistakes master her. She learned what she could from them, and that is what made her perfect.
Instead of being intimidated by her example, we need to follow her example.
© 2008, Stacy R. Miller