she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
Sometimes the woman in Proverbs 31 makes me want to hide under the covers in shame. As I’ve said before, I don’t weave cloth, as I prefer to buy my kids’ clothes at Target. I don’t plant vineyards, as I have never been able to grow anything from dirt. And I don’t get up while it’s still dark if I don’t have to.
But when I get to verse 22, I want to shout a holy hallelujah. I’m a quilter. Every bed in my home is covered with a quilt that I have made – with the exception of my 6-year-old son’s bed, which has a comforter of Obi-Wan Kenobi blazing his light saber.
Of course, the point being made in this chapter is not about the specific tasks per se. Making the coverings for our beds is not what is important. Rather, the wife of noble character works hard to provide for her whole household, and she does this with integrity and grace. We may not weave our own cloth or quilt bedspreads, but we perform other tasks that provide for our families just the same.
She selects wool in verse 13.
She weaves cloth in verse 19.
She makes bedspreads in verse 22.
From the thread … to the cloth … to the bed covering, the wife of noble character finishes what she starts.
We don’t need to be sewers, but we do need to be finishers.
As a creative person, I love it whenever a burst of inspiration motivates me with a new idea. But when that inspiration begins to wane, it’s easy to move on to the next fun idea without finishing what I started. At the moment, I can think of a half dozen projects awaiting completion.