Summer Road Trip to the Land of Un (Week 4) INCLUDES FREE MUSIC DOWLOAD
Make Your Life Mirror
If they had given a “Most Awkward Ugly Duckling Award” in Junior High school, I just might have won. I’m completely serious. First, I moved 3 times in 3 years and attended 3 different schools. Ugh. Moving from New York to Georgia provided the perfect set-up for culture shock and a challenging adjustment period. Add to that a botched “Dorothy Hamill” haircut, inch-thick glasses, braces and a headgear (yeah, that dreadful piece of apparatus is enough to scar anyone for life) and voila! you get the picture.
Let’s just say I…stood out.
It’s been so long since I’ve been a junior high student that it isn’t even called junior high anymore; it’s “middle school.” However, one thing remains the same: It takes a lot to stand out in the crowd. Yet out of the hundreds of harvesters, Ruth – our travel guide to “The Land of Un” – is impossible to miss.
We’ve stopped in some towns on our journey such as, “Unknown”, “Uncharted”, “Uninvited”, “Unfulfilled” and “Unwelcome”, learning that what we know about God and how we know God makes all the difference in navigating the roadblocks of life. In Naomi and Ruth, we see the poignant union of desolation and determination. Ruth’s disappointment is a divine set-up for a God-appointment with our leading man, Boaz. The jagged pieces of Ruth’s life – widow, Moabitess, foreigner – create a stunning mosaic of Ruth’s heart – loyal, submissive and humble.
Arriving in Bethlehem, “The House of Bread”, at harvest time, we find Ruth painstakingly gleaning in the fields, an ordinary task that’s about to yield extraordinary results. God can always extract the extraordinary out of the ordinary; the masterpiece out of the mess. It all depends on one thing: our obedience.
When we choose a posture of devoted obedience, God provides a path of divine opportunity.
In Ruth Chapter 2, obedience meets opportunity. Trust me – you’ll want to pull the car over in the town of “Unexpected” and get out to meet Boaz.
Verses 4-17 have a lot to tell us about Boaz:
- He’s a relative on Naomi’s side
- He’s a “man of standing” in the community who was “given wealth to be a Provider.”
- He oversees the fields where people are harvesting, greeting them by saying, “The Lord be with you.”
Okay, wealthy, great reputation, loves God….and then comes verse 5.
“Whose young woman is that?”
That, Boaz, would be Ruth. (I told you she stands out in a crowd). Not only does Boaz have keen eyesight, more importantly, he demonstrates rare kindness and impeccable character. Let’s listen in on his conversation with Ruth…
“Listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. Watch where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
“Why have I found such favor in your eyes, that you notice me – a foreigner?”
“I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband – how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know. May The Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by The Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
“May I continue to find favor in your eyes. You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant – though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls”.
She eats all she wants and has some left over. Yet, Boaz doesn’t stop there. He orders his men to pull stalks from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up.
Boaz is a mirror reflection of God’s heart to us. What can we learn from Boaz about trusting God in “The Land of Un?”
- “Stay here…I’ve told the men not to touch you” – God offers us His protection. We are safe under His wings.
- “I’ve been told all about you” – God not only knows our story, He cares and acts on our behalf. No detail escapes Him.
- “Drink…eat your fill” – God provides for us and gives us His favor when we seek to obey Him.
- God showers us with blessings. Just as Boaz blesses Ruth and goes above and beyond to see that her labors are abundantly productive, God longs to show us compassion and bless our lives.
“Make Your Life Mirror” the Word by choosing obey God in the ordinary moments of life. This week we came to an unexpected bend in the road prompted by Ruth’s obedience and Boaz’s character. We’ll see next week that this is not only an opportunity for Ruth’s heart to be blessed, it’s an opportunity for Naomi’s heart to be healed. What do you need to surrender to the Lord so He can show you His heart of favor and blessing?
We picked up some amazing souvenirs from our stop in “Unexpected”:
– If you want favor to find you, sow favor into the lives of others.
– If you want divine opportunity in your life, practice devoted obedience.
– Trust God to transform a broken road into a path of unexpected blessing.
I appreciate your prayers as I take a journey of a different kind to minister in East Africa. I’ll be speaking on “The Land of Un” to thousands of women in conferences in Malawi and Tanzania from July 28th to August 11. I’ll share from my experiences in my Blogs August 4 and 11 as well as continue in our Road Trip. Don’t miss it!
See you next week! If you enjoy “The M & M’s of Life”, please forward to a friend and leave me a comment! #deliciousdevotions
The M & M’s of Life Summer Road Trip to the Land of Un (Week 2) INCLUDES FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD
Life is sweeter with M & M’s! Fight the Monday blues and start your week with Delicious Devotions, “The M & M’s of Life.” Make Your Life Extraordinary, Make Your Life Count, Make Your Life Simple and Make Your Life Mirror!
We’ve launched our Summer Road Trip to “The Land of Un” with our travel guides Naomi and Ruth! If you missed any leg of our journey, you can catch up by starting with Week 1. Every great road trip needs music so ….drum roll please…FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD!
Music to Inspire the Message, “The M & M’s of Life”
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