Woman. I was up extra-early this morning and visited over at Kate’s Five-Minute Friday to see what the word for today is and she had chosen: woman. Wow. Where to go with this one. Cue the second cup of coffee.
Here we go:
The word “woman” mostly makes me think of waiting. Women spend so much time waiting.
We wait to be asked on a date (well, women of my generation did!), we wait to be asked to marry the man we love, we wait for children. And we wait for the children to grow up. We wait for our husbands to retire or, for some of us, we wait and watch as they die.
While a woman is waiting, what is it that she is doing with her time? For the most part, she is not idle. Okay, well, maybe in those last few, lumbering, awkward days of pregnancy.
A woman’s time is spent serving.
I am one of the younger people at my church and I am astonished at how much the women in that congregation serve. These women, mostly aged from 70 to their early 90s are serious servants! They paint, they clean, they cook, they drive those who can’t drive themselves.
The Proverbs 31 woman has always intimidated me. She is so busy, so resourceful, so, well, everything! My friend, Susan Shipe, of Hope Heart and Home, has written a book about Proverbs and she helps to demystify that strong woman.
The women of my church — and Susan — are living examples of a Titus 2 woman — the kind of woman I want to be one of these days.
In my season of waiting through Rich’s last year or so, I came to love the movie Fireproof. Since I’ve touched on the topic of waiting, I’d like to share my favorite song from that movie with you. It has been and continues to be my anthem: