The Wife of Noble Character - Why Does She Care About Clothes?

Today I'm going to share with you a reflection that is really short. Because it's simple, but also because I'm tired and I value my cognitive function.

We're still looking at the Wife of Noble Character, a poem about what wisdom looks like in real life. So open your Bibles to Proverbs 31 verse 22 (NIV) and read this,

'She makes coverings for her bed;

    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.'

We're talking about clothes and household furnishings. Yep it's time to talk about fashion and interior design. So all you Pintrest fans are going to love this one. Here's another translation (MSG) for you, just in case you're sceptical,

'She makes her own clothing,

    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.'

The actions of a wise woman are to not only take notice of her household decor, the bedsheets, the couch cushions and the curtains but to put her time and effort into making them.

There maybe those of you who can make your own clothes...I cannot (yet). However, the majority of us probably buy our clothes from shops. But I think this verse still applies to the H+M loving, the obsessed and the charity shop hunter-gatherers.

This verse isn't just shoved into this chapter for no reason. This woman takes time to consider her appearance and the aesthetics of her home. But also about the colour - this is because the writer recognises the value of the pleasure we share with God when we see something and think 'it is good'.

We're being pointed toward the wisdom in being purposeful with the quality of what we dress ourselves and our homes in - because nothing is wasted in the eyes of God. Your decoration, your clothing and your style is an outworking of your creativity - that God put in you and loves to see you use.

Sharon Treharne

Sharon Treharne is the founder of the Pretty Raw club. She lives in a tiny cottage in Marshfield with her husband Dan, and a perfectly wrinkly-dog-sized hole to fill. They love dancing in their lounge, going on night time walks to see bats and playing made up games with their friends.