Current position. It is incarnation and incense. It is offering and powerlessness. The image is a poster that was on the wall outside my bedroom at the Emmaus Retreat centre in Dublin. Never has an image captured the current state of my soul, my whole being.
This morning I woke up at 6.51am. The exact time of sunrise. I had asked a new friend to write down what she described during the conference meeting the day before. She spoke of sunrise and this line just stood with me. “Every morning we need to connect to our own sunrise energy and start our day fully allowing God to shine through us.” It reminded me of the line in Proverbs 31 which says “She rises while it is still night”. As a whole piece of writing it is a prophetic statement about the strong warrior woman standing in her completeness and creative essence. Female essence and life abundant. I have put the full text below for you to have a read.
I have known the text for many years as it is read on Friday nights in homes celebrating the invitation into Shabbat. The stopping and remembering of wholeness. The day of rest created to remember to stop and be stopped by God. The husband reads the text over his wife and the women of the household. It’s such a beautiful moment in the tools given to us to help us stop.
Proverbs 31 v 13 says this; “ She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”
The word used for WORK here is “Asah” in hebrew. It means to create, construct, build something with the deep resonance of obedience and to create from something already fashioned. She is using what she has discovered in her journeying to create in obedience to the King. Her King. The God of creation.
The word used for EAGER here is the word “Chephets” in hebrew. It means to take delight or pleasure in something. It is actually in the masculine form and some suggest this is because it wants to highlight the strength aspect of the woman being described.
Finally the word used for HANDS in this verse is not your usual word for hands which is “Yad” in hebrew. It is rather the word “Kaph”. It is the description of a part of the hand, namely the centre of it. The hollow area. The little cupped area you can create. In the paleo hebrew (the picture form of the language), it even resembles the hollow of the hand. The root of the word “Kaph” is “Kafar” which means to bow down or kneel in humble submission prayer. I think the picture on this post and the discovery of these things from new friends and discovered teachings all come together beautifully.
During the weekend of spiritual transformation I have just been on I remember in a movement expression I was participating in that the hollow of my hands were touched. It was an intimate moment and my senses were awakened to my own womanhood. The womanhood that all girls get to transform towards. The womanhood that is not defined by marital status or whether your womb has housed another human. It’s a coming home to the valour, beauty and presence of what it means to be Holy, set apart and called into as a woman.
So, today, celebrate the greatness of femininity. Draw out the men in your lives to empower them to live into all they are. Men, look up and speak Proverbs 31 over your beloved , your sister, your friend. We must learn to live life in all its abundance. We are a fragrant offering.
Check out this song and use it as a space for you to meditate this truth. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py2KOHKSEZE
Proverbs 31 (from verse 10)
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.