This morning at church, the preacher spoke on the text that was probably used at hundreds of churches around the country – Proverbs 31 – The Wife of Noble Character.
My husband is gracious enough to tell our children that those 21 verses describe me well. That’s very sweet of him, and probably proof that love is blind – although I do “select wool and flax and work with eager hands” (haha – knitting, anyone?) and I “bring my food from afar” (my weekly grocery run with Wendy…) and in the winter I get up while it’s still dark out, but not to prepare breakfast for my family. Cold cereal is my finest offering.
As I was reading over the chapter, verse 28 caught my eye: “Her children rise up and call her blessed…”
I had a little rising-up moment a few evenings ago. The six of us were watching “The Incredibles” together. It came to the part where the mom (otherwise known as Elasti-girl) is flying a plane with two of her children in it – to a remote island to rescue her husband. The plane is bombed and falls apart, and she and her kids fall together into the ocean. Being a superhero mom, (and an elastic one at that) she reaches out, snatches her children to her as they fall, and then turns herself into a parachute to carry them gently down to the water. After they figure out which way to go, she stretches herself into a life-raft and carries them to the island. What an amazing mom.
Somewhere in that scenario, I said half-jokingly to my kids, “I’m sorry I’m not as great of a mom as she is.” I expected to be ignored or at best, laughed at. Instead… Judah and Wesley both looked at me like I’d lost my mind and said, “Yes, you are!”
Imagine that. I’m on par with a woman who can pilot a plane and stretch herself in superhuman ways to save her children’s lives – plus a myriad of other skills that go along with the gift of elasticity.
But don’t you believe a word of it.