I'm not a big fan of Game of Thrones. Actually, I'm not a fan at all. I won't watch it. Too much of everything that gives me nightmares and invades my subconscious self-esteem with images of other women's bodies.
But I totally relate to this meme. I perpetually feel as though winter is coming. In my mind August = Autumn. I have been layering up for two months. I have cold toes all year round, which may say something more about my circulation than the weather but nonetheless - I do not like to feel the cold. I always carry a coat just in case - because I hate being caught cold off guard.
You know who wasn't scared of the cold though?
I can just imagine you all reading this and answering in chorus like tired little children in a Sunday School meeting, "The Wife of Noble Character"
That's right! The Wife of Noble Character! Proverbs 31:21 (VOICE) says this,
'She is not worried about the cold or snow for her family,
for she has clothed them all in warm, crimson coats.'
So we know by now that she is wisdom displayed through action - described by poetry. This is not a literal person - but a portrait painted in the colours of wisdom. But I think we can all agree that she's a bit of a badass (mind my french). Let's talk about why.
There are three key elements to this verse: the cold, the fashion and the Christ.
Let me be really clear here. This verse is saying that the action of a wise person is to protect themselves and their family from the affects of winter weather. They are prepared, they have the heating on and they've layered up.
This can be taken literally - as in don't let your family or yourself get cold, because you may get ill. But it also can be used as a metaphor - prepare yourselves and those around you with the resources and necessary tools for protection against the storms of life - pain, grief, relationships, financial problems, emotional struggles, regret.
Let's talk about the fact here that this woman doesn't just wrap her family up in sackcloth. She dresses them in crimson coats.
We've already looked previously about her shopping habits - she is intentional, saves money and is able to suss out the value of products laid before her. You can bet that these coats were made with quality materials that she hand-spun into clothing. There was attention, time, energy and affection put into the creation of these coats.
You know how when you're young and you need new school shoes and your Mum would pick out the most gross, boring and 'practical' pair?
Well, we're not looking at a woman who simply made clothes that were 'practical'. They were crimson red. They were beautiful to look at. And I bet she found joy in looking at her family all lined up wearing their red coats, like Christmas stockings over the fire place. She enjoyed being able to provide for them.
The fact that she chose crimson red is not only a stylistic matter.
There are many times throughout the Old Testament where we are pointed to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is one of those times.
Simply put, the crimson colour points to the blood that was to be poured out through the death of Jesus - as He bridged the gap that sin has put between us and God.
If we look at this verse again we see a woman who dresses the people around her in the hope of salvation, the love of Christ and in the knowledge of the Gospel! She is helping them to put on the protection of Christ's salvation power - to protect them from seasons of spiritual warfare, coldness, attacks and storms.