I'm writing this on Saturday, sitting at the Barnes and Noble at the mall, sipping an iced coffee. My big girls are wandering around, checking in with me every once in awhile, and this quiet is good.
I wrote yesterday about Naomi & disappointment. Today I wanted to write about Ruth. I wasn't sure if I wanted to write about Ruth's story now or later, towards the end of this series, but for better or worse, I'm going ahead and writing about her today.
I don't know what Ruth's emotional response was to her disappointment but her actions spoke of a deep strength of character. She had lost her husband, but it appears she had gained faith and she walked through her disappointment with faith and everyday, ordinary obedience.
I love how Ruth appears to just put one foot in front of the other. She has no clue how this will all turn out for her, but she steps forward in faith, one step at a time. There is a chance that it will end badly for her, going out into the fields maybe she will be attacked by the laborers, but she moves forward anyway doing the hard work of ordinary obedience, and God blessed her.
I feel like (one of the many many lessons) of Ruth is that God blesses ordinary obedience. Sometimes in the tough seasons of life we just have to keep moving in obedience (even if it doesn't feel like moving forward), one foot in front of the other, day after day after day. We fall down, and then we get up and keep obeying and trusting. We keep going in the direction God has shown us or what His word commands us and we keep moving in that direction until the door closes and the direction changes.
For me, that has meant showing up to small group, week after week, year after year. This has been the single biggest influence in my growth over the last few years.It has meant showing up when I don't feel like it. It has meant being honest when I felt like hiding. It has meant sticking with the same group of ladies, building relationships that are honest and open and I have seen God use those relationships to heal, restore and grow me in an extraordinary and unexpected way.