This week in a women’s Bible study I attend, the wise woman leading it mentioned something I cannot get out of my head:
“A wise woman ponders her path.”
She went on to contrast the words to women in Titus 2 “to be self-controlled and busy at home” with the warnings against the adulterous woman in Proverbs 7 “she is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks…”
The contrast is striking. The adulterous woman wanders everywhere, never at home. A wise woman is the opposite.
A wise woman ponders her path.
This same truth can be seen in the counter-cultural Ecclesiastes 7:4 “the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.” I am confronted with my own path the most when I am at a funeral, or any other house of mourning.
I am thankful she did not say “A wise woman has every detail of her 5-year plan figured out. She knows exactly what her future holds. She knows what her long-term career is, where she will live, who she will marry, how many kids she will have, whether they will be obedient children, and where she will go on vacation every year. She can see every road block, every fork in the road, every obstacle, and knows precisely how to get past them.”
A wise woman ponders her path. In what direction are her feet pointed? Are they following after her perfect Messiah? Or are her feet chasing after other things she thinks will bring perfection?