It Is Still Night


A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

—-Proverbs 31:10-15


I don’t like to get up early.

Not really early, anyway.

Not while it is still dark outside.

I am usually sound asleep at that time.

When I read in the last section of the 31st chapter of Proverbs, I find a description of a woman who continuously makes wise choices.

She is wise, she takes care of her family, she is resourceful and she is loved and respected—and she gets up when it is still night.

She gets up and prepares food for her family and female servants.

There was surely a lot to be done in the daylight hours and she was diligent to get a head start.

She was prepared.

Prepared for the day.

Before the day really got going, she was prepared in many ways.

How about me?

Am I prepared for the day when it arrives?

Will I have the proper attitude when the sun comes up?

Will I have already made good choices in the previous days that will set the stage for the new dawn?

Will I have already determined to be in communication with God, seeking His guidance through the coming minutes and hours?

Am I prepared?


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