Last fall, one of the blogs I follow gave a link to the pretty print of Proverbs 31:25:
Strength and dignity are her clothing
and she laughs at the time to come.
I put it on my bathroom wall, so that I could see it as I was getting ready in the morning. I have been pondering it ever since.
That last part intrigued me. I wasn't sure that I would ever 'laugh' at the future, but I at least wanted to anticipate the future with out anxiety or fear. It occurred to me that to laugh at the future, I must be clothed in strength and dignity according to this scripture.
Where do I get there garments and how do I put them on?
Like any good bible scholar, I looked at what I thought were the three critical works -
clothing, strength, and dignity.
I was sorely disappointed. In the original Hebrew, those words meant exactly what you would think they meant – no earth shattering revelations at all. Then my eye caught something. Dignity was the masculine form of the word in the original Hebrew. And so was strength – and clothing. Huh? This is the portion of scripture about the virtuous woman – not about a man.
Intrigued, I looked at Proverbs 31:17:
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
That word dresses can also be translated girds – as in girding armor. And "strength" is that same masculine form.
All of the sudden, it occurred to me – the virtuous woman is not clothed in her strength and dignity – but HIS!!
She can laugh at the future because she is HIS, and HE is her strength and dignity.
So, now I am back to how I get these awesome clothes...
Maybe this is simplistic, but I realized that before I put on a new outfit, I have to take off the old. And more importantly – after I take off the old clothes, and put on the new, I must make sure not to put those old dirty rags over my pretty new clothes. You know the ones -
worry, what-if's, insecurity, doubt, selfishness
Oh, how many times have I done that??
But, I don't just want to know that I have these clothes on - I want to feel them! Don't you just love the feel of certain fabrics? Some make me feel cozy, other feminine. I feel very confident in some outfits – and uncomfortable in others.
Just maybe – accepting Christ's love for me – that simple truth - is what will give me the confidence to walk in strength and dignity
– and maybe even laugh at the future!!