I’m still thinking of Ruth’s account even though we wrapped up our study a few weeks ago. We’re much like Ruth Naomi I believe, which is why the account is so captivating. They were women of integrity and honor. They endured though facing great loss. They were trusting the Father for provision and He made a way though there didn’t seem a way. It makes one wonder, if the loss they endured made the blessings sweeter?
We’re all going through trials that will lead to blessings if we obey, trust, and wait on the Father. I can’t imagine the joy both women felt when Boaz took Ruth as his wife. Such sweet relief. They could be so overjoyed because they had felt deep sorrow. Their lack for so long helped them appreciate the provision they had longed for. Their pain and sorrow had so much more in store than they could imagine. It was for the glory of the Father.
When we endure trials, sufferings, and disappointments, it can increase our appreciation for overcoming those obstacles.
If we’re always happy or always winning or always feeling lively, how can we really appreciate those more pleasant things in life. I don’t think we can fully appreciate or understand the “good” without the “bad. I know that sounds so ironic and doesn’t fit the feel good message, but I believe it’s true. If we never see storms, then where are the rainbows?
What is joy without sadness?
What is victory with defeat?
What is life without loss?
We can learn a thing or two from Ruth and Naomi. They endured heartache and loss, but they didn’t let that stop them from pressing on. The Father is working out blemishes to reshape us back to His image. It won’t be easy and it won’t always be fun, but it will be worth it. He always has our best interest in mind. Just look through scripture at those before us who had deep sorrow to finally have much joy.
If you’re feeling nothing but sorrow, hold on. Joy will come. A break will come. But while you’re waiting, inquire of the Father what He should have you to do. What can you learn? Who can you help? Don’t let the sackcloth cloud your vision and perspective. You will dance again and you will be victorious.
Father, thank You for the perfect plan that You have for us. Though we cannot see it, it’s still there. Sorrow can seem to overtake us at times, but we desire to see past it. We want to learn and grow from the painful experiences we have. Strengthen us to see You through it all and to mature in our faith and walk with You. May we be a light to others and a help to those who walk through what we have. Use the difficulties for Your glory, as You did in Ruth’s life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.