She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16)
Wow, that Proverbs 31 woman is a real go-getter! Not only is she industrious, and generous, and full of virtue as we’ve already seen, but the woman has foresight and ambition, too.
From what I’ve read about Bible times, it seems that a woman buying property would not have been exactly commonplace. It really says a lot about her standing in the community that she would have been involved in real estate at all. So, here is a woman who is bucking tradition, sort of, in a way that is still godly, and honouring, and respectful. After all, it says elsewhere in this chapter that her husband, who is apparently respected locally, thinks very highly of her. The overall tone of Proverbs 31 is one of reverence and admiration for pretty much everything this woman does.
So. She has checked out this piece of property and, seeing that it was suitable, went ahead and bought it. Then what? She planted a vinyard. It says “with the fruit of her hands” she planted it. I want to look this up, because I’m not sure if that means she got her children to help plant, or if she did it herself, but either way, I’m pretty sure she didn’t hire the job out to labourers, or farm hands. She took responsibility for getting it done. She didn’t wait around for her husband to do it– which when it comes to gardening, that’s sort of what I wind up doing. I might plan what I want in the garden, but I tend to wait for my husband to get out there and then say something like, “Oh, I was planning on doing that…!” Yeah… mmhmm…
As a ‘Proverbs 32’ type woman, I have been rebuked. I procrastinate, and hope someone else will do the job (even if it’s a subconscious thing). I might like to plan, but I’m terrible at following through with things. How about you?