“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard” (Proverbs 31:16, ESV).
Sometimes we think the Bible wants women to be nothing more than empty-headed scatterbrains. That’s not a fair reflection of the Bible’s depiction of women, as Solomon’s poem to the “Worthy Woman” shows.
David Ben Gurion, prime minister of Israel once said of Golda Meier: “She is the best man I have.”
His left-handed compliment was aimed at a mother, grandmother, and the woman who would one day lead Israel herself as prime minister. She was shrewd, honest, nobody’s fool, one of her nation’s greatest rulers.
Margaret Thatcher was known as the “Iron Lady” for her plainspoken manner and unbendable will, but she presided over Great Britain’s longest and most complete economic recovery of the twentieth century.
What some called an iron will and stubbornness was in reality strength of conviction and determination.
Solomon’s “Worthy Woman” was no dim-witted drudge; she was smart and talented, and apparently an accomplished businesswoman. She was a shrewd investor in land, “considering” the field, and upon purchasing it, making it a productive, fruitful vineyard.
This is what I see in my mind’s eye. One year it was an empty lot with trash blowing in the wind, the next year it was a splash of greens and purples, the colors of a rich and productive vineyard, the beauty of land well used.
And it was a woman who did it.
With a touch that was at once feminine and insightful, she created something out of land no one had thought worth the trouble. And long before she invested in the land, her husband had invested in her!