I want to be like Ruth. I'm finding that out more and more in my walk with the Lord. I want to be able to just drop everything I know and that I'm comfortable with and follow the Lord. Even if it means I face starvation, being poor and desitute and not knowing what comes next in my whirlwind of a life.
I've been leading a Bible study in my home on the book of Ruth for the past couple weeks for some amazing high school girls and I'm finding I'm learn a lot right along side them. I took a Ruth and Esther class when I was in college, but the beauty of the Word of God is that its always teaching. So I'm learning more and more about Ruth of the Bible and in turn more about our God.
One thing that God makes evident in the book or Ruth is that He is in fact in everything. Here Ruth is completly starving and hungry because she's moved to an unfamiliar place with her mother-in-law with no husband, father or father-in-law to care and provide for her and she has nothing, but she knows her and her mother-in-law need to eat. So does she sit idly? No, she goes and gets some food. Her right, by law as a widow, was for her to be able to glean from fields and eat what she was able to find. But she doesn't just go self-righteously collect on her "right". No, the Bible tells us that she ASKS to glean in the field of Boaz, who later becomes and integral part of her life.
Sometimes I find myself collecting my rights as a wife...as a mother....as a daughter of the King. I don't want to convince myself that I deserve anything. No I want to be like Ruth and see my so called rights as blessings. I'm blessed to be treated like Christ treats his church from my husband. I'm blessed to be respected my son. I'm blessed to be loved, cared for and provided for by the Lord.
I want to be like Ruth in that way.
On another discovery....Ruth