After a busy Saturday, A spirit-filled Worship service this morning, the release of “Life Regained” and lunch by the pool, it has began to rain. So as I tuck myself indoors till it clears up, I decided a nap would make this a perfect Sunday afternoon. My brain thought otherwise. I got out my Bible and began reading about Ruth.
Ruth’s husband of 10 years died unexpectedly. Her mother-in-law Naomi was moving to another country. This left Ruth with nowhere to go. She was stuck in a tough position. It’s those unforeseen events in our lives that tend to do the most damage, cruelly shattering the dreams we once had. These unforeseen events in her life brought Ruth to a harsh new reality. (I’m starting to relate here)
How easy it would have been for Ruth to just give up. To live in that trauma-filled life forever. She faced a pain she didn’t ask for, a pain that was deep and tragic. She was a victim of her circumstances. Ruth had to decide whether or not to stay a victim. She chose to break free. She picked up, followed Naomi and God and never looked back. She chose a new family, a new place and a new future.
Can’t we all relate to that? At some point in our lives, we all face a cross road of choices. I know I certainly have of late thanks to unforeseen events. Although I prayed for God to direct me and he has opened doors to show me the path he now has for me, I have still questioned if my decisions were right or not. (typical Pam) I believe that Ruth’s story is God’s way of whispering in my ear. A whisper that is gentle and reassuring. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me that I have a new life in Christ. God has something sweeter and greater for me as he does for all of us.
We can all find encouragement in Ruth’s story. What began in sadness, ended with joy. In her new life, came Boaz, who falls in love with Ruth. He was her Redeemer. Together they have a new life. In many ways, this reflects our lives today. Although we may never have answers as to why certain things have happened, one thing we are certain of is that God is our Redeemer. No matter what we have done or what wrong may have happened to us, he is making a new way for us. All we have to do is trust him. “For I know the plans I have for you” (Jeremiah 29:11) And “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33) tells us that by relying on him as our redeemer, he can right the wrongs and we will discover a life greater than anything we could have imagined. In our lives.. Boaz will come.
The rain has stopped, the sun is back in all its glory and I’ve devoured 2 cups of coffee while journaling. I’d say that God is telling me that there will be no nap for me today. Just joy in living.