Over the past couple of weeks, God has been bringing up Ruth. With this quarantine, it’s been hard to get what is needed. As a single mom who is an essential worker, I try extra hard to limit my contact with the outside world. But there comes a point when you just have to go to the store. On 3 separate occasions, I felt a little afraid when going to the store. Will there be toilet paper? Will I find enough food for us? How long will what I find last? It was during those moments, God reminded me of the story of Ruth.
A lot of times, when people talk about the story of Ruth, it’s all about Boaz. She found her man lol. But during April, God really showed me that the blessing, the testimony was in her journey. The realness of God’s faithfulness in the in-between season.
Ruth had lost everything: with her husband dead there was no income, no provision, no protection, no presence. All she had was a loyalty to her mother-in-law Naomi (who also lost everything). Ruth made a critical decision to go with her mother in law instead of returning to her people.
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.Ruth 1:16-18 NIV
She embarked on a journey that she had no clue about how it would end. Like many of us she had questions about food, shelter, protection, or even just what was going to happen next. But she was loyal and served a faithful God.
Once they arrived, she decided to go to the fields and try to harvest food behind those who had the right or privilege to be there. This part is often overlooked but most important. Ruth had no right to be in the fields. No family claim, no money, NOTHING. Yet she asked for Naomi’s blessing and went to work gathering food. She wasn’t the first one there and she didn’t get the choice pieces. She was there from sun up to sun down. She sacrificed her comfortability for necessities…But God was faithful.
Ruth could have found completely empty fields, but there was enough.
Although there was no man in their lives, they were not harmed nor taken advantage of.
And it was in her consistent sacrifice and hard work that favor found her.
Friend, this is the faithfulness of God.
You may not be the first one to the store, but you have food to eat.
You may have to wake up at 6 am but He makes sure you get what you need.
You may have had to go to multiple stores several times, but you are healthy.
God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider.
Life is not a Disney story. It won’t always look or happen the way we want it to. But we always have what we need.
And I believe as we continue to be consistent, faith filled, and hard working, Favor will find us as well.
Ruth had no idea that Boaz would come and redeem her. All she knew what that they needed to eat and she would do what was necessary to make it happen. We have no clue when COVID-19 will be over, or when the isolation will lift but we must determine to do what we can while we wait.
Keep praying, keep working, keep waiting with great expectation.
God is faithful and 2020 isn’t over yet!