Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Now, that being said- it’s also taught me how incredibly blessed I am to have the relationships that I do, and the importance in cherishing and sustaining those bonds. It seems like forever since I have been in and amongst a community of people who KNOW me. Who understand me without explanation or expectations, and who will allow me to just be me. Although I've taken full advantage of my alone time here- I am eager to get home and be surrounded once again by loved ones!
I find it a little amusing sitting in the middle of a pub, journaling about a Bible verse and what I’ve learned. But I must admit- I’m so happy here! I’m so happy in this place! I love having a cold Guinness and talking about the love of God… even if it's only to myself. Beer and the Bible… two of my favorite things.
Back to Proverbs 31. I understand that this passage was written quite some time ago and speaks about things that I can't fully relate to (selecting wool and flax… sewing linens for the kiddos.. yada yada). However, aside from the minor differences in eras, I found this passage to be simple, yet revolutionary. I long to be a woman of noble character- and somewhere inside, I feel that I am slowly becoming just that. I may stumble (more often than not) but I am doing my best to fulfill these wise words. I would be honored for someone to one day say, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue”. And that’s not even touching on the confidence her husband has in her, or that she brings him good and not evil, or that she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy!
There is much to take away from reading this proverb, but one of the lines that has been speaking to me is, ‘She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks’. When I first read this, I thought to myself- if a woman of noble character works vigorously on her tasks- not matter how small… I better pick up the pace!
If I’m going to be honest with myself, before this week I was beginning to “let go of things”… not taking too much joy in washing dishes or cleaning the toys. I had become indifferent to some of the tasks that being a nanny entails and found the daily chores to be quite mundane. As many of you know, I’m already a skilled procrastinator—now imagine my To-Do List containing scrubbing the baby oil out of the greased up tub, emptying the diaper bins, or pureeing broccoli and cauliflower (it smells just as bad as the diaper bin). Yes, those were the last and I mean the very LAST things on my list.
However, after reading Proverbs 31, something changed inside of me. I began to realize that if I want to be a woman of noble character- I need to make some adjustments. I want my future husband to be proud of the woman that which he’s married. I want not only to honor myself through my everyday actions, but more importantly, bring honor to God.
Once again, this little seed of a passage began to take root in my everyday actions. To put it simply- I started seeing things with a totally new perspective. These were no longer miniscule tasks on my To-Do List… they became my means to serve. Not necessarily serving one person in particular, but serving the God inside each of them. I know it sounds silly- but its true! Even the smallest request- the smallest task, I took on with great pride. I was determined to set about my work vigorously! I was going to scrub that tub until it was shiny. The diaper bin never reached its limit! And the pureeing? I steamed that broccoli and cauliflower as it it was a sweet fragrance! My embarrassment from singing nursery rhymes on the streets moved to joy as I took on the role of ‘Little Bo Peep’ and of course ‘ Ol mcDonald’. My frustration with getting puked and peed on turned into pleasantry as I knew I would be wiping clean a beautiful child.