By Jamie Fuller
There is a woman spoken of in the book of Proverbs, Chapter 31. She is the one of noble character -- the one who is worth far more than rubies. Often I find myself asking, who can attain this anyway? Is this woman for real? I have discovered that the answer is “yes”.
Recently, I went to Mozambique to spend time with the women and teach them from the Bible. I found myself in a different country, with women who appeared to be different from me in every way…different language, different clothes, different struggles….or so I thought.
I was completely humbled to be with them. They are dark and beautiful. They have eyes that tell stories of hardship and pain, yet smiles that radiate a deep abiding joy. They reside in a dark world and yet they wear the brightest of colors and patterns and dance to music of praise that falls off their tongues. God ripped the scales off of my eyes after about 3 days of being with these precious women. I fell in love with them. They ministered to me.
They were Proverbs 31 personified.
As I reflect back on their hearts and actions I see it more and more. Few had Bibles, but they taught the Bible to me through their very lives.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family
I was up at 5 a.m. one morning because I could not sleep. Rhoda, who works at the compound, was already up raking the dirt outside and preparing breakfast.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Many of the women had been up very early working and had trouble staying awake during our sessions. Their arms are sleek and strong from the hard work that they do in the fields. We witnessed the fruit of their labor at the agricultural fields where they are planting and harvesting to earn income for their families.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers…
She makes linen garments and sells them.
It was amazing to see the fruit of the sewing project. How beautiful the women’s hand-sewn garments were, and how excited they were about learning this skill!
She is clothed with strength and dignity and can laugh at the days to come.
It was amazing to hear the women pour out their hearts in prayer requests and then see them get up and worship and dance in light of all of their troubles!
Who can attain this? What quality does she have?
The woman who is dependent upon Jesus.
That’s what it was. The Proverbs 31 woman possesses a spiritually poverty-stricken soul that relies on Jesus. Knowing He is the only One that is going to feed that hunger, provide, compel, and move her to serve. I don’t know if I will see the women of Mozambique face to face again in this life, but I will see their faces when I read Proverbs 31.
Yes, this woman is for real. She exists in a little faraway country named Mozambique. I saw it. It is possible she could be me and you if we stop striving and start depending.
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.