(14) She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
(15) She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
Ok, how many of us-especially us teenagers-when we're hungry, we go to kitchen, head straight for the fridge, randomly stick our hand in, and eat whatever we happen to grab? I can say that I do that. Several times a day. While this is all hunky dory for ourselves, when all we want is a small snack to keep us going until the next "official" meal, would our husbands(and possibly even kids) really want to live off of that their entire lives? "Hey, looks like...some sort of...moldy...opened...thing from a can again tonight, honey."
While yes, what guys eat amaze(and gross out) us women, I don't know a single guy who would be happy to live off of that their entire life. Maybe just when they're single, or a teenager, when they don't care WHAT they eat, as long as it's SOMETHING.
But their entire life? Really?
So basically what I'm trying to say right now is that this verse calls us not to kill our husbands by food poisoning. Actually, that's pretty obvious, with or without the verse. But, once again, it doesn't just mean that.
"She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar" when this verse was written, foods from far off lands were, of course, pretty expensive and luxurious, because of everything having to be done by hand, and it taking forever to ship. The only people who ate it regularly where super rich people, like royals. So when it says that she brought her food from afar, it didn't mean that she was super rich, and able to eat like the king. It meant that she took great consideration and care into what she fed her husband and household. It meant a lot.
While yes, we're not all world-famous chefs at a 5-star restaurant in France, we should still try our best, and care about what we feed our husband. According to a popular quote right now, "We are what we eat", after all.
The next part, "She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens" states this clearly. She cared so much about what she fed her household, that she would get up before anybody else, and prepare the meals, even for the servants.
Ok, who else just isn't a morning person? When I wake up, I can't do much else besides stagger to where ever it is I need to be, and flop myself down. I can't do any exercise until at least 11:00. If you can seriously do vigorous activity at crazy-early hours, then you are officially amazing in my books. Anyways, I don't think that this verse calls us women now to get up at 2 in the morning, just to pour our husband a bowl of cereal, and collapse on the table. No. I think that these verses are simply calling us to care about what we feed our husband and family. No more "whatever is left in the cupboard". We need to show our love to our husbands by putting more on their dinner plate than mashed beans in the shape of a can.
And even if we aren't married, we can start showing our love to our future husbands now by learning how to cook. Preparing ourselves so that we're ready when that day comes.