One of the most interesting things about reading a passage of Scripture like Proverbs 31 is that often people assume that this woman is doing all these things at the same time– buying land, making clothing, etc.– when it’s much more reasonable to consider that this is something that she dedicates her entire life to, and does different things during different “seasons.”
Taken with Ecclesiastes, as we see that there are seasons for everything– a concept that is not too easy to grasp. In a video series by Jon Acuff, he talks about why hustle has its season:
Of all the investments you must make into your career, none of them involve more tension than hustle.
You have to work incredibly hard, but you have to rest.
You have to say yes to a lot of opportunities but also protect your time and say no regularly.
You need grit to hold on in the tough times and flexibility to quit when it’s time to move on.
Sometimes we think hustle is an excuse to become a workaholic, but it’s not. Rest is actually a really important part of hustle. The hard part is that in a culture that praises busyness, rest is an act of bravery.
But I want to take it one step further. The next time you watch a television program or read about someone else’s life on social media, remember that they might be in a different season of life than you. The season of life you are in may not allow you to do all those things. That is not wrong or bad, and we should not covet what they did or are planning to do.
Enjoy the season of life you are in– you may wish that you were there again someday!