Powerful but humble
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. – Proverbs 31:16
In recognition of International Women’s Day, while we come in many sizes, shapes and color, speak many languages, observe and adhere to cultural norms and religious dogmas and beliefs, we are one when it comes to the wellness of our children, our husbands, our homes. Can I say that as women we all sing from the same song book. The questions Prophet Elisha asked, “Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?” is as relevant today as it was then.
The Almighty God only used words to bring this world into existence, but when it came to man, he said, “Let us make man in our own image and likeness.” This being done He made a very strong declaration, “It is not good for man to be alone.” I always put it this way that since he had already made man – two eyes, ears feet, hand, and so on and so forth – hence a woman, for his tender care, affection, protection, satisfaction and gratification.
Someone said that the word woman is woe to a man, but I say today that it is wonder and ponder for a man.
Every now and then when I see a former student of mine, he always addresses me with a quote I taught him: “God made man, and man made woman, he made the bees and the bees made honey. He made the devil and the devil made sin, him dig a hole and put the devil in.” I think it is of Jamaican link as we always sang it in reggae style.
A woman is a woman, but can grow into being a wife, the most precious gift from God to a man. She becomes a virtuous woman and is responsible for bearing the children who when trained and brought up in the right and proper way can be seen as precious inventory for the parents. How many have come from very humble beginnings as parents but have become matriarchs and patriarchs of very successful children.
Today tribute to womanhood and motherhood is given by none other than King Lemuel’s mother, a portion given as our text, “You are my own dear son, the answer to my prayers. What shall I tell you? Don’t spend all your energy on sex and all your money on women; they have destroyed kings. Listen, Lemuel. Kings should not drink wine or have a craving for alcohol … Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy.”
How hard is it to find a capable wife. She is worth far more than jewels. Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor. As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth. She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do.
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