The Proverbs 31 woman brought home wool to be used for winter clothing, and flax for linen garments to be worn in warmer months. She could not buy ready-made clothing as we can. Instead, she used her hands to create it. We are told in Proverbs 31:19 that “in her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.” We read this passage and picture in our minds the romance of the spinning wheel, with the lady of the house sitting gracefully beside it. This is far from reality. In Old Testament times, the simple drop spindle was used.
Day after day, she gathered fibres into the spindle, letting it drop to the ground, twisting the fibres into yarn. It would take a long time to generate enough yarn to make a garment. The Proverbs 31 woman had servants. And yet she was willing to take on the menial task of spinning. How could this be?
It all comes down to attitude. No job is menial if it is done with love. Even if she has a career, a woman is the heart of her home. The Proverbs 31 woman loved her husband and children so much that she took delight in creating beautiful clothing for them to wear. Her labour was a labour of love, and it showed.
What an incredible role model for her children!