Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman means that I have to find a way to get it better than Paul got it. Sure, he may have written a large portion of the bible. Paul may have spread the news of Jesus Christ all over the known world. But Paul couldn't handle something as simple as a splinter the way the Proverbs 31 woman handled it.
Paul talks about a thorn in his side and scholars have debated over what it might be for years – probably even since he first wrote it. Tonight I think I uncovered what it was. It was a thorn ;). It was an irritant that if left alone would just fester, get infected and cause more trouble than should be possible.
The Proverbs 31 woman had no thorns or if she did she simply removed them and then cleansed the area where the thorns were located. It seems rather obvious that Paul either left the thorn alone and tried to ignore it or else he simply kept getting back into the same sticker bush time and again.
I faced my thorn tonight. It was just a minor irritant, but I can see how it could get bigger if left to its own devices. The idea of it being a thorn didn’t even cross my mind until I was recounting the evening to a good friend.
After I said the words “it’s just a thorn” I began to think about how my son’s splinter got infected because he left it alone and now he’s having trouble bending his thumb. At the same time his brother let us pull the thorn out of his hand that he had gotten and then that brother just washed the spot and it’s fine.
Ways the Proverbs 31 Woman Stays Thorn Free
• Being a Proverbs 31 woman means rising before sunrise which give you plenty of time to spend with God. Time with God means it is easier to hear directions and avoid the thorns in the first place.
• The Proverbs 31 woman was always busy doing something for God. Spending time doing the things that are suppose to be done means there is no time to do the things that shouldn’t be done (which is where you will find the thorns most of the time anyway).
• It takes wisdom and understanding to know how to deal with thorns and the Proverbs 31 woman has more than enough of that to go around because she developed a personal relationship with God.
Avoiding thorns is not always possible, but the Proverbs 31 woman is proof that with the right words and the right understanding it is possible to get rid of any thorns that you do encounter and live thorn free.