Her Arms are Strong

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Sometimes, when I am reading, a particular thought just jumps out at me and overtakes the next few moments.

That happened today.

While I was reading a section of Matthew Henry’s concise commentary on Proverbs 31, this sentence about a noble wife of good character reverberated in my mind:

“Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world.”

Wait….

What?

I needed to read it again.

The words were heavy with meaning and they warranted weighty contemplation on my part.

I understand busy.

Busy could be my middle name.

But what about my heart?

Is it really full of another world, the eternal world that awaits me in Heaven?

The other spiritual world that even now coexists beside me as I go about my day to day life?

The wife, the woman, the person—of good character spoken of in that last chapter of Proverbs had many virtues.

Verse 17 says this about her:

“She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.”

She was not idle, wasting time.

She worked diligently at what she knew to be her calling.

And, according to Pastor Henry, her heart was full of another world.

A world where Jesus is.

Do I long to be with Jesus, yet set my mind to work here until my work is done?

Do I try my best with the tasks at hand, fueled by the knowledge of His presence and love?

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