Here’s a little bit of encouragement for you to start your day: “God is working it out!”
Reading in the book of Ruth, I couldn’t help but rejoice with happy crying in my heart. When I see her story I can’t help but be encouraged by what God did for her.
Let’s face it. She, according to those in the land, was really a nobody. She was a woman of sorrow having lost her husband, her support, and now she has walked away from her homeland to follow Naomi. Living in a strange place as a foreigner to all around she tried to acclimate to her new surroundings and help Naomi the best she could.
What the story doesn’t tell us is all the emotions that must have been going on with Ruth. Did she question her life? Her decisions? Did she feel lost sometimes as she sought to do the right thing out of love? Did she ever pray in her heart for an understanding of all the why’s that was going on in her life at that moment? Did she look at her adversity and think there was nobody to care; nobody who really pays attention to little old me?
She had a rough go at it but her story is so encouraging to me. As I look through the pages that tell the events of her life I can’t help but see God in the midst of it all. It may not have been immediately prevalent to her at the moment, but for us who read her story, we can see Him at work orchestrating the events until they come to the fruition of a blessed end.
The whole time – through all her sadness, doubt, discouragements, and feelings of hopelessness, God was there working it out.
This leads me to question our life today. What is it that we are going through? What is attacking us today with doubt and questioning? What sadness are we battling with? It’s so hard to think with a clear mind sometimes when we are in midst of our own struggles, but after reading her story I can’t help but believe that God is standing in heaven, looking down, and working it out for us as well.
We may not see it immediately, but like Ruth, during the time of harvest our Boaz (which stands for our blessing – not necessarily the man himself) will appear and we will reap the promises of God. We just have to hold out for the harvest, and keep being faithful, keep working, and keep gleaning the fields until our time of blessings comes to pass.
God is putting all the pieces together. He is working it out!