Eishet chayil. This is the Hebrew phrase for “woman of valor.” I’ve been thinking a lot on this phrase lately. What does it mean to be a woman of valor in today’s world? And how am I fostering it within myself?
For some reason, Proverbs 31 keeps coming up in my life, more specifically, the passage about being a woman of God. Whether it is in a book I am reading, a friend I am talking to, or a thought that springs into my mind, this passage has been abundantly more prevalent in my life. So, me being the smart college graduate that I am, I figured there must be a reason for it. What exactly is God trying to show me or teach me? Of course, with me being a woman and all, I’m quite familiar with this chapter in scripture. But I’ve never really focused in and studied the verses in-depth. Sure, I’ve done women’s bible studies that covered it, but I will admit, I was probably only giving a half-hearted effort.
Needless to say, it’s definitely been put on my heart to study this passage, along with the other eishet chayil that are in the bible. Women like Sarah, Rachel, Miriam, Rebekah, Ruth, and several more. What better way to learn about being a woman of the Lord than from those in the bible!
A couple of my favorite stories are based on the lives of Ruth and Esther. Ruth was, without a doubt, a woman of great character. After losing her husband, instead of returning to her family and homeland, she stayed with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Through her actions, Ruth bestowed ample love and kindness on Naomi, and she placed the needs of Naomi before her own. It takes great strength and character to move to an unfamiliar place, instead of returning to the comforts of home and family, after losing a husband. Esther was another woman who embodies great strength. She placed her life on the line in order to save her people. It took insurmountable courage and boldness to stand up to the King and ask for the lives of her people to be spared. Instead of relying on her own strength, though, Esther trusted fully in the Lord and she placed her fate in His hands.
Just from these two stories alone, I’ve learned a great deal of what it means to be a woman who lives to serve Jesus. I want my life to seep with the love of Jesus and to radiate His light to others, just as Ruth and Esther’s did. As a women’s ministry intern, I have a greater responsibility to continue seeking Christ and rooting my life further and further in Him. Not only is it my responsibility, but it is also a privilege. Living life with and for Christ is absolutely incomparable to living it in this world alone. Jesus brings forth life and joy and beauty, even in the darkest of times.
Christ has opened my eyes more and more to His love this past year. He has shown me the riches of His glory, He has sprung up hope within me, He has provided abundant strength, He has flooded my mind with His wisdom, He has filled me with more of His spirit, and He has been my best friend. And now it is time I start taking all of which he has blessed me with and purposefully share it with others. In the past year I have concentrated a lot of my efforts in continued healing from my dads passing, which has been good. Really good. But in my quest to become more of an eishet chayil, I want to selflessly pour out all He has so graciously gifted me with into the lives of others.
I hope that as I continue forward in this internship, God continues to teach me more and more about being an eishet chayil that emanates His love and glory to all. More so, I hope to lead and encourage the countless other people in my life “to live a live worthy of the calling” (Ephesians 4:1) we have all received.