Scarlet (fr. ecarlate) refers to a type of very fine (high quality) wool cloth, that was made in various colors including but not limited to bright red. Therefore, the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31 was not afraid of winter/snow, because her children were well dressed/prepared for the cold/snowy weather.
However, the text also has beautiful symbolism in it. Scarlet (the color) is a metaphor/symbol of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Winter is the symbol of (spiritually, economically, emotionally and socially) barren times. Therefore, the verse is also telling us that the Virtuous Woman was not afraid of hard/difficult times because her children were clothed in the Blood of Jesus Christ: her children were SAVED!!!!!!
Her children are part of God’s royal family (1 Peter 2:9). And as children of The King, she does not have to fear when they face the winters in their lives. They are cared for by God.
Likewise, all parents today, mothers AND fathers, should prepare their children for the hardships of life by leading them to the LORD; by teaching them His WORD.
Modern day society tells us that, to prepare our children to be successful in the world, they have to go to the best schools, have the best experiences, operate in the right social circles, have excellent health (be inoculated from everything) and be exposed to as much art/culture/sports as they/we want.
However, in doing so we not only run them and ourselves ragged, but we also often miss our most important responsibility to our children: tilling/cultivating the soil of their heart (getting rid of all the growth-hindering rocks and all the life-choking weeds of distraction) and planting the seed of God’s Word in it (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23).
Education, money, connections, health, social-skills are all important, but they don’t prepare us or our children for the hardships of life. A great education prepares you for a great job, but only God’s grace sustains you when you lose it. Financial security is reassuring, but money can’t buy good health or good friends. Great works of art are inspiring but they don’t give much comfort when a loved one is dying.
Wisdom for living is ONLY found in the WORD of God and only the Holy Spirit can guide us through life. So, let us “clothe” our children in the scarlet Blood of Jesus Christ so that they will be prepared for the harshest winters of life.
There will come a glory in your eyes,
There will come a peace within your heart;
Sitting ‘neath the quiet evening skies,
Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.
You will know that you have played your part;
Yours shall be the love that never dies:
You, with Heaven’s peace within your heart,
You, with God’s own glory in your eyes.
An Excerpt for “The Mother” by Robert William Service