Today is payday *WOO*. Which is perfect timing given the verse that I've reached today. It's all about getting paid.
I'm still on the 'Wife of Noble Character', our favourite fictional woman that characterises what wisdom looks like in daily life. Proverbs 31 verse 16 (MSG) says this,
'She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.'
There are three things I love about this verse.
1. She buys the field.
This may seem like a simple statement. But this verse shows us that a person who is wise is capable of looking at a field (or any product) and discern whether or not it is of value and is a good investment opportunity.
This isn't like buying an item of jewellery or a couch cushion. This field is a business venture. Buying more land is a commitment to growth and to the work necessary to maintain the land. She knows that she will reap the benefit of this work. This woman is business minded. And she doesn't need to ask permission, but she is able to make these decisions independently.
2. She saves.
Last week I got really excited because I have now saved more money than ever before. But truth be told - in my mind, I've already spent it. This is probably why I've never been good at saving money!
I love that this verse talks about putting money aside being an action of wisdom. I wrote recently about another verse in Proverbs that encourages us to invest in our future (you can read it HERE) and this is precisely what putting away our money does. We need to be able to learn to stop living pay cheque to pay cheque, waiting on pay day to push us out of the red. And start investing in our future and the future of those around us.
3. She plants a garden.
This is the sweetest part of this verse. The wise woman works hard, saves diligently, spends her money prudently and then plants a garden. Because she doesn't only have time for work but values her joy and pleasure too. This garden would have taken physical labour and time to cultivate but would give back to her tenfold with fruit, wine, medicines and joy in the beauty of God's creation.
We need to carve out time in our busy schedules to dwell on the things that bring us joy in life. Just because they do not earn us money, does not mean they are of lesser value.
When we take time to cultivate our talents, our gifting, our passions and our joy - we share in God's delight.
It's just like what the super speedy, runner Eric Liddell said,
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”