She is strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future. — Proverbs 31:25 (CEV)
As history is being made in our country, my timely response was to turn to the Word. And in honor of impending change, I looked at it a little differently. In my studies, I came across this popular verse, but with a translation twist. In it you find graceful in place of dignity. I think I, and many of us, could all use a little grace now and always.
In college, I encountered several women who saw Proverbs 31 as an unattainable model, but I look at this passage of scripture, and it reflects the faces of so many of the godly women in my life. These women could look in the face of stress and struggle and offer grace. No matter their inner conflict, they were and still are able to mimic the grace that God so lovingly bestows on us.
Beyond prayer and study, many of the roadblocks we come upon require grace. They require careful thought and planned action. When we reciprocate the irrational with more of the irrational or hate with hate, we either find ourselves cemented in place or being drug back to a former, lesser place. When we allow God’s grace to be reflected in our actions, when the world sees our graceful movements in adversity, we exemplify the peace and assurance that can only be found in Christ. When we go even further than patience and respect, and we offer kindness and a bit of grace, we become a light and an example for others.
When situations prove difficult or stressful, encourage us to reflect your grace in our actions, Lord. As we struggle with emotion and frustration, guide us back to Your understanding and Your expectation for us. Help us to be graceful and shower grace on others. Amen.
Has God placed women in your life that exemplify grace and the Proverbs 31 woman?
How has God dealt with you, in the past or currently, concerning your reactions to difficult situations and your reflection of Him?