I am not sure about all my sister-friends out there, but the words “Kroger” and “H.E.B” do not stir up kind feelings in the sanctuary of my small country home.
The only time this heart flips with joy at the thought of grocery shopping is when there is a “Whole Foods” involved. And let me be forthright. It is entirely because I gawk at the artistic stylings of their dessert-designers.
Imagine my amazement when verse 14 was assigned to me for the Proverbs 31 Project. “She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.” That Jesus we serve. He does have a sense of humor, doesn’t He?
Through the study of this verse I have begun to embrace that on a biblical level I have a duty to provide nourishing, healthy meals for my family.
Don’t get me wrong. I shop and cook. And most of the time, I even fix a healthier option than what the hubs enjoys, poor guy. But embracing it as a biblical responsibility has never been on my radar. That sounds so much weightier than “what’s for dinner?”
As I have begun to view this "duty" through the eyes of my Creator, the frustration eases and I find myself not dreading 6pm so much.
But I also see more in this passage. Just as we provide the physical food for our families, we also have the ability to deliver spiritual nourishment through our communion with the Lord.
Like the mini-van that weekly unloads the protein that builds the muscle of our little ones (and our men), so the meat of the Word poured from our lips brings strength to their bones.
So may the grocers of the world be filled with more light-hearted women as we embrace the joy of healthy provision.
"The meat of the Word poured from our lips brings strength to their bones." Love that, Julie! And I don't care what he says, I know my man cannot taste the broccoli I sneak into his food. ;)