Ruth & Boaz ~ Pray Believe Love

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.

Blessings…. Pam

 

4 comments to Ruth & Boaz ~ Pray Believe Love

  • Gail Fannin  says:

    We are studying the book of Ruth this week in our Bible study! Maybe I can use your insights to help with that! Love and prayers for you always! Love you, Miss Pam!

  • Paula Osborne  says:

    I like the story of Ruth and her journey, thanks for sharing how it helped you, God be with you on your journey.

  • Linda Kimble  says:

    I so appreciated your insight from the book of Ruth and the ways in which you can relate through recent events in your life. That book has special meaning to me as well, and the encouragement that God can redeem any situation.

    My mother passed away 4 yrs ago, & I, her only child, spoke at her funeral. Most of the people who attended her funeral had known her during the latter years of her life, but God led me to share with them when she was a young woman, and how her decisions shaped my life.

    Mother met my father, they married & life was good. However a couple years later she lost a full term baby boy at birth while my dad was away at sea. A few years later I was born. When I was 5 my father died suddenly of a heart attack & Mother, having suffered another miscarriage, was in hospital when she got this news. My father had recently taken a medical discharge from the service due to health issues. He used the money he received to open a TV shop in a small town. In the midst of it all, he let his life insurance expire. So my poor mother, mourning the death of her husband and baby, was left with heaps of bills, a business to close down, a 5 yr old to raise, no house, an old car, & she was in ill health. But Mother was a Christian & she knew where to go to obtain strength for the journey. As soon as Mother was able, she moved us to a larger city which she felt would offer more advantages for me, rented a house & found us a church. I will forever be grateful to my mother, for at the lowest point in her life, she “leaned not unto her own understanding.” She trusted God and faithfully through the years took me to a Bible believing church where I would learn about God and His Word. She could not have known at the start that through that church I realized my need of Salvation and accepted Jesus as my Savior. In and thorugh that church, I met my future husband. We will celebrate 48 yrs of marriage in June. We would go on to have 4 children and 11 grandchildren; those who are old enough to know the Lord, have accepted Him as their Savior. But my emphasis at Mother’s funeral was that at her most vulnerable point, when life didn’t make sense, she did what she knew to be right, trusting God for all the days that followed.She determined her child would be raised in the church! Life did not become easier for Mother right away. She worked very hard to raise me. She did not remarry until I was graduating high school, and although not perfect, she was able to realize some of her dreams. I have reaped many spiritual benefits, as have my children and grandchildren who have come after her. Only in Heaven will I know the answers to some of the ‘why’s,’ but I am so very grateful for a mother who stood steadfast in the face of adversity. From God’s vantage point, He sees the whole picture, and He really does work all things together for good to them who trust Him. I shudder to think what my life might have been like had Mother not stayed the course when her world was shattered. “Jeremiah 6:16 says “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask where the good way is, and you will find rest for your souls.” Mother has gone on to her eternal rest now, but she leaves behind a family that knows and serves the Lord. Although this story differs somewhat from Ruth and Boaz, I felt it fit right in with the insight you received from the book of Ruth. Pam, God has you in a place of influence through your writing and also this Whoopie Pie site. As you walk out these deep and precious truths, you provide encouragement for others not to falter or “lean unto their own understanding” but rather to trust God and his Word, and make wise choices even when life makes little sense. We’re close to Home now; it is so important that we finish well. May the Lord continue to guide you Pam as you press on in Him. Thank you for giving so much to so many, even when your personal world has been shattered. <3

  • Cori  says:

    Your insight in this beloved bible story has many parallels to your recent story, “Life Regained”. While I am blessed by a living and loving husband, I too relate to life after cancer and grown children who are busy in their own lives. Thank you for sharing a story that reminds us that God has plans for each and every one of us, plans that will prosper us and bring us hope and a future. God has a plan and we can trust in that plan.

    Bless you and may God give you strength and peace as you discover the new road in your life, according to His almighty plan.

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