I often wonder what the homes of yesteryear looked like…… I am intrigued with the simplicity of the homes.
I realize that homes back then may have been simple but the work required to support the household was hard.
There wasn’t time to pick out color schemes for painting, cabinet design, and new age appliances that do everything but cook for us.
There had to be bread to bake, animals to be skinned, and fruits to be gathered. Cooking didn’t require a freezer and a microwave. Instead, milling of grains, milking, and gathering were the prerequisites to prepare a meal. Oh and let’s not forget the forging to the nearest water hole to draw the day’s water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.
There wasn’t any fancy stores to help design your kitchen. Your design was what was necessary to provide food on the table. And we are not talking an 8 course meal….. or take out.
Not to mention, there were only a few utensils most likely made by the women who ran the kitchen. No Rachel Ray or Paula Deen cookware…….No Mr. Coffee or the latest kitchen gadget…… Just basic pots and plates.
Yesteryear homes may have been simple but every square inch held a useful purpose. Just think about the kitchens of those homes. The clay jars had a purpose….. carrying water. Pots and pans were for cooking. The ceiling often times had bundles of herbs drying. Yea, the decor of the room may not be found in Better Homes and Garden but they were clean and comfortable for the family.
In Proverbs 14:1 Solomon urged his son to find a wise woman…….
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
Okay, so imagine this…… a house is going to be built. A contractor gathers blueprints, financial backing, and his team of builders. The contractor follows the blueprints and guides his workers until the job is finished. It is safe to say that the he will encounter financial conflicts, rebelling workers, mistakes in the blueprints, and a headache or two. But, in the end a home is built for a family.
The same can be applied to a household. Generally women have taken the role of the contractor in a household. It takes planning, learning, and working hard. The family calendar, cleaning checklists, and menu charts become the blueprints of our daily lives. The contractor of the household encounters financial problems, stubborn children who eventually develop deaf ears to the Barney Cleanup Song, hiccups in the schedules that throw off that day’s cleaning and cooking duties, and yes, a headache or two.
What if Solomon wasn’t talking just running the household or actually building a house…… Perhaps, he could have meant a supportive wife and mother who loves and builds up her family with her kind words, encouragement and love. A wise woman who is an example, a role model if you please, of Christ-like living. She continually seeks counsel and guidance from God and His Word as well as other Christ following women. And a wise woman’s blueprints can be found in Proverbs 31. Without that blueprint, it would be nearly impossible to build or maintain even a home.
I may be old fashioned but I don’t want to be the foolish woman who tears down her family or her home with reckless planning, thinking, or living. Sounds to me that the foolish woman can be self-centered and self-focused. That is something that was supposed to be given up the moment she said “I do” and started a family.
No, if wearing the label of old-fashioned means a love driven home, then so be it.