As I step into a month of preparation that requires my focus to shift away from Ruth for a while, I have asked some other girls who have a gift to impart, to write some of their own thoughts from the book of Ruth.
Today’s blog is written by Athalia. Athalia is first of all one of the most delightful, engaging women in my world. She also heads up our church mothers group / playgroup and Twinkles program, works alongside her husband Dan in their family business and is the mother of two incredibly delightful girls, Kathryn and Ruby.
Athalia writes her own thoughts from Ruth 3:1.
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. (Ruth 3:1 NIV)
Naomi was prepared to put Ruth’s welfare above her own. What Ruth was doing in caring for her mother was a great thing. Ruth was blessing and providing for her mother in law, who otherwise in her elderly state, would have been needing to do on her own.
But Naomi was prepared to let her go, push her out into the new thing that God had for her. It’s so easy to become selfish in our relationships with others. We like where we are. We want to hold on to what we have. Encouraging and pushing those we love out into the new thing God has for them is hard.
Where Ruth was serving was great, the blessing and provision she was for Naomi had its place and was greatly needed, but there was more to her story that could and would only be discovered if they/she was to trust God and step out into it.
How often we find ourselves in a place of blessing but too fearful to step into the new thing, the unknown, the next thing that isn’t guaranteed, that may not be what we hope or expect it might be. A new season, a new chance to receive the grace and provision from God, provision we can’t give or get from our own ability.