Monday, August 2, 2010

A Price Above Rubies

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
I love rubies. They are a beautiful and rare stone made of my favorite color, red. All rubies have color impurities that make them distinctive. Gemologist can identify natural rubies through these imperfections, as they do not exist in synthetic stones. Rubies are a rough stone that is heated before cutting and placed into a beautiful setting. They are considered one of the most precious stones in the world and can command a very high price. Just as we can’t find precious rubies laying around everywhere, it is extraordinary to find virtuous women in today’s society. A woman of high moral character is indeed a treasure.
Like rubies, all women are beautiful and precious, especially to God. Like gems, we each have our own unique characteristics and imperfections that make us special. Just as the master gemologist refines gems into something exceptional, God also purifies our spirits through our experiences and trials in life.
The virtuous woman places all of her trust in the Lord. She knows that only through him she can be everything that he wants her to be. She understands that the storms will come, the winds will blow, there will be times when the "ends may not meet", there may be sickness, trials, and heartache. However, the conclusion of the matter is this, she is assured that there will be times of joy, laughter, and deliverance with life more abundantly; this is the promise of her Father in Heaven. She knows that she can “do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Her strength and faith give hope and blessings to all who know her. She is a shining example of a daughter of God and a Christian woman. This is what makes her so valuable.