The night before I got married, I found it really hard to sleep.
I didn't have cold feet. Well, I probably did as I always have cold feet. But I wasn't unable to sleep because I was nervous about getting married. But because sleeping next to me was Emma Broome.
Has anyone ever experienced this before? Like, when you're at a sleepover and the person next to you falls asleep super quickly. You may not be comfortable in the position you're in but you feel like you can't move in case you wake them. So you lay there, awake, physically frozen. Hoping you'll fall asleep at some point, even though you know that you sleep better on your side
Well this is what happened to me that night. We had a really fun evening making sure all the preparations for the wedding were in place. We'd said goodnight to Lydia and then prayed together. Emma was sound asleep* just moments after we'd finished our prayers and said 'Amen'.
*PDA: she does this mega cute thing when she sleeps, where her breath comes out as little squeaks.
The same thing happens in the mornings, when you try and get up without disturbing anyone. You're on high alert. The slightest noise could wake up the whole house. You've got to shut every door between the bedroom and the kitchen in order to boil the kettle to make a cup of tea.
In Proverbs 31 (MSG), verse 15 tells us that our friend, 'The Wife of Noble Character' knew exactly what this was like:
'She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.'
Back then, houses would have been very small. Mostly everyone would sleep in the same room and there wasn't the comfort of a kitchen on a different floor with lots of doors between them.
But what's the point of this verse? What can we learn here?
We need to wake up and get prepared.
I find it difficult to wake up well - but I know that if I set my alarm just half an hour earlier, this allows me to wake up slowly and get ready for the day. How much more peaceful is life when you're not running late for every appointment, meeting and plan? We are more efficient when we are organised and prepared. We're also able to think more clearly when we're not trying to remember what we've forgotten!
But this verse doesn't just teach us about just being prepared for daily life but spiritually too. Because isn't the church called the Bride of Christ? And so by that connection, we can assume that the Wife of Noble Character here could mean any and all Christian people, right?
So how can we be spiritually prepared?
I'm not going to answer this one for you. Because I think if you looked inside yourself, asked God to reveal it to you - you would see what ways you've been undisciplined in your spiritual life.
- Maybe you've been praying along with the rest of church each Sunday, but haven't taken time out in the week to talk to God.
- Maybe you're great at reading through your Bible, but you've not been reflecting on it and asking God what He wants to teach you.
- Maybe you love Jesus and love being a Christian, but it's been a while since you've told anyone outside of church that Jesus loves them.
- Maybe you've heard about the Armour of God multiple times, but when struggles come along you quickly forget to equip yourself.
We need to be prepared to face whatever life throws our way with assurance in Christ.