Once upon a time there lived a young, just and noble king. Every day his servants provided him with his hearts desire, giving him whatever he pleased. One day, however, the king had a new request. He wished for the most costly gem on earth to adorn his crown.
As usual, his servants set to work immediately, searching all his kingdom and beyond for the precious jewel. This time, though, they came back with a very sad report. "We have searched all the land," they said, "And the jewel of which you spake does not exist!" "What of all the people of the land?" asked the king, "Is there any that know where it may be found?" His servants answered, "There are a few, O king, that each posess one of these precious gems."
The king, being just, did not wish to take from the people of the land, and so asked, "If you have not found what I asked for, then what do you have to show for your journey, did you not find any jewels at all?" Then they brought before him all the jewels they had brought back from the land, which were many, in number, a thousand jewels.
At first the king looked with delight and began searching for one worthy to be worn on his crown, but as he held each one, they crumbled in his hand. Others were not clear, but stained and clouded. Still others stank, so much so that he held them away from his face.
The king was very disappointed. "Who can find me the gem of great price?" he asked.
Far, far away in a lonely cave glittered a small, clear gem. It had been in the corner of the cave for a long, long time, yet still it beamed. Nothing could stop it from shining, not the darkness around it, not the cold harshness of the night, nor the heat of the day.
Twas not its own light it shone with. It just so happened that there was a hole in the top of the cave, just large enough for one ray of light to get in. By that light, the gem was made clear, and through that light it shone, even when night fell.
It just so happened that as the king, who was on his own journey in search of his prize, travelled one night, he saw a beam of light coming from in the cave. As he entered, he eyes met the gem. It was not a perfect gem, in fact, it looked like an ordinary rock. Yet its light was so bright! The king rejoiced as he held it up.
When he returned home, he held a big celebration of his find, and completed the rejoicing by placing the jewel on his crown. It sparkled in the sunlight, and ever after stayed in its place on the crown, showing to all the kingdom the glory of the king, and most of all the beauty of that light.
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
I applied my heart to know and search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account.
Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found, but a woman among all those have I not found.
Be encouraged, woman of God, you are SO valuable! Keep persevereing, keep trusting, read your Bible daily to stay in the light, and never give up!