She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
I had to do a little research on this one, as I was drawing blank. There are two things I really get now about this verse.
First of all, while I have never delved into spinning before, from what I hear, it's a pretty monotonous chore. So we get a sense here that while the Proverbs 31 woman's days are busy, that doesn't necessarily mean it's always exciting. Sometimes the work is drudgery, yet she does it anyway because, well, someone has to do it! Do you have one of those chores you just dread doing? I do. I dread ironing. Most of the time, it piles up until I have no choice but to get it done. Then I'll just iron as needed and it becomes a perpetual pile. Then one day, I'll get a good burst of energy and just decide to grit my teeth and get it all done. It feels so good and accomplished that I wonder why I let it go so long, and then I'll vow to keep up on it better. And of course, the cycle starts all over again. LOL!
Here's a bit of a challenge for you (and me!). Think of one chore that you dread doing. Next time it needs to be done, let's not look at it as a chore, but as a way to bless our families. (Psst, blessings that no one notices are still blessings nonetheless.) For instance, the bulk of my ironing consists of my husbands work shirts. He works very hard and sometimes long hours, and I know it blesses him and helps him out big time to have his shirts ready to go when he needs them...without having to ask me to iron them. When I remember that, that's usually when I get my burst of ironing energy. But when I look at it as a dreaded chore, it breeds selfish resentment every time the pile grows, and really, what good does that do anyone?
This verse also seems to tie the passage together a bit. Earlier, the Proverbs 31 woman sought wool and flax. Now, she's putting it to the spindle and making something out of it. We will see in the next verses that she has made clothing and coverings for herself and her family, and quite possibly for the poor that she stretches her hand out to. I look at it like this: in finishing what she started, she is not only providing for her family, she is not being wasteful. How many of us have gone out and bought things for a new project or idea, only to have those things sitting somewhere in a corner or cabinet months later? Come on, I can't be the only one guilty of this! ;) This ties back to making wise financial choices. Before you buy that knifty-knitter (a-hem) or whatever you need for your new idea, REALLY think about whether or not you're actually going to complete that project, or follow through on that new idea.
So, ladies, let's put our hands to the spindle and make sure we do what blesses our families, even if it's boring or drudgery.