Have you ever been so heart-broken that you felt paralyzed? Maybe your broken heart kept you shy and isolated. Have you ever been so hopeless you couldn’t dream anymore? Perhaps you have questioned whether or not anything good could ever happen to you again. Or possibly you’ve accepted the tragedies and devastations of your life as something you deserved, and will never move past.
My hope and prayer is that the tenderness of Ruth and the boldness of Naomi will comfort, inspire and release your heart to dream again, to serve again, and to walk into the very blessings, places, and people that God intended for you all along.
In the book of Ruth we read of a heartbreak and loss that our souls and hearts weren’t created to sustain. Yet, we also hear of Ruth’s committed and unrelenting love for her mother in-law in way of scandalous loyalty.
I remember when my first serious boyfriend and I broke up. It was just HOURS before I took off to Spring Break for a week with my parents. The knot in the pit of my stomach stole my appetite. The tears in my eyes were relentless. I would sit on the lawn chairs by the pool desperate to think of anything other than the reality of my breakup. I think of that story now and laugh hysterically at the drama of it all. But as a young girl, my tender heart had been broken.
In Chapter 2, amidst heartbreak, Naomi and Ruth, come to Bethlehem from Moab and upon their arrival, Ruth goes to work, to serve, and to provide for her mother in-law.
One day Ruth, the Moabite foreigner, said to Naomi, “I’m going to work; I’m going out to glean among the sheaves, following after some harvester who will treat me kindly.
Ruth 2:2 MSG
I don’t know about you, but the last thing that I want to do when my heart is broken, circumstances are overwhelming, and hopelessness lingers, is move across the country and start working. But, Ruth works and serves faithfully in Boaz’s fields, leading us into Chapter 3.
One day her mother in-law Naomi said to Ruth, “My dear daughter, isn’t it about time I arranged a good home for you so you can have a happy life? And isn’t Boaz our close relative, the one whose young women you’ve been working? Maybe it’s time to make our move.”
Ruth 3:1-2 MSG
There it is, my sweet sister, “Maybe it’s time to make our move.”
Three reasons why it’s time to make our move:
- Our past doesn’t have any power unless we dwell in it. “Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow Almighty.” Psalm 91:1.
- Our circumstances can only define us when our identity is lost. “We have this hope as an anchor for our soul.” Hebrews 6:19
- Our tragedies will not overtake us. “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save.” Isaiah 59:1
“Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor…. Lie at his feet to let him know that you are available to him for marriage.”
Ruth 3:3 MSG
Can I encourage you to make your move? To step out in faith, get dressed, and then sit at the foot of the cross. To lie at the feet of Jesus and let him know that regardless of the rejection, the hurt, the heartbreak and the pain, you are available to be his bride. You will be lovingly met and delighted in. His tender words singing over you:
“Bless you, my dear daughter! What a splendid expression of love!… And now, my dear daughter, don’t you worry about a thing; I’ll do all you could want or ask. Everybody in town knows what a courageous woman you are- a real prize!”
Ruth 3:10-11 MSG
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