A Gentle and Quiet Pillar
Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,
and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace.
Psalm 144:12 NASB
I invite you fellow daughters to imagine the beauty, the meticulous design and workmanship that makes a pillar fit for a palace. But don’t stop there. Imagine the strength of such a pillar, a corner pillar no less, responsible for supporting the massive structure around it.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see beauty when we look in the mirror, or strength when we attempt to do a pull-up at the gym. If only we could look past the exterior and focus on the inside, the way our Father does. “And let not your adornment [or beauty] be merely
external — braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (I Peter 3:3, 4 NASB)
This verse recently captured my heart. I thought it would be incredible to possess a spirit that’s precious to God. But I wasn’t quite sure how a woman obtained this gentle — much less quiet — spirit.
I came to the conclusion that the answer, like so many others, just might come down to faith. The kind of faith that leans so heavily on God, so releases burdens into His care, so entrusts the future into His hands, that what remains is a quietness of heart. A strength that is stable.
How beautiful it would be if we could trust God with all our hearts, become like the tribe of Asher in Deuteronomy 33:25. Moses speaks a blessing over this tribe, a blessing I hope we can claim as our own. He said, “The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.”