When our world is quaking, we are to be the “she” who rises. – Holly Wagner
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
The Proverbs 31 woman don’t you just love her. I must confess that I have always just seen the above scripture in the light of providing food to eat. How God weaves in a message in a story sometimes still intrigues me.
The above passage challenges us as women to rise “while it is yet night” not just to make provisions for our family. It has less to do with the time of the day we get up and everything to do with being women who rise up when chaos and heartbreak and calamity abound. In the darkest hour, she (every woman) rises.
The darkness could be a loved one who is sick or a project not turning out as expected, it could be the loss of someone dear to us, it could be heartbreak, famine or recession. That period when it feels like your whole world is crumbling down hard and fast and yet it is that moment that God has entrusted us with. It is in that moment that we are to be the “she” who rises. She does not wilt, she does not complain, she does not blame. She finds her brave, stands boldly and she rises.
In those periods she grows stronger. She grows stronger when it seems the world is trembling. She is like a light that illuminates in darkness and soon enough spreads and dissipates the darkness. God is looking for women who will step out. Women who will find their brave and boldly rise in the face of any and every challenge. Women who will step out and stand strong in the face of many troubles. Women who will be candles lighting up the world and those in the world. A force of good helping others find their brave. Women who will like Samson stare adversity in surprise and tear it down under the inspiration of the Lord.
So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand.
We do not have to stay stuck in our trials but we can go through them, coming out stronger and growing through them. We can rise in the midst of dark, troubled, shaking moments.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
God is counting on you to be the woman who rises for her family, her country, her work, and mostly for Him.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Dear Father, make me a woman who rises at night, at the darkest of hour. One who doesn’t hide or cower in fear, but finding her courage in you, takes a stand and rises. I surrender all to you, God, withholding nothing. Here I am Father, use me. Use me to light up the flame in others, to help them find their brave. Help me rise daily while it is yet night.