This dream was beyond dead.
She had been married and had not had children, so she now carried the label of barren. She was widowed, destitute and a foreigner who didn’t speak the language and didn’t know the culture of the Hebrews in Bethlehem.
The dreams of husband, children, family love, grandchildren, celebrations and all that goes with marriage were dead, gone, over, buried, forgotten.
Today the focus was on survival. Glean in the field, doing the job that is relegated to the poorest of the poor.
At least that was the human perspective.
God had a plan. Looking back, she could pick up one or two clues of the plan, but in the moment, there was little to suggest that He was on the move. In fact, on the surface it looked like she was abandoned by Naomi’s God who had also pretty obviously abandoned her.
But God did have a plan, and He was at work behind the scenes setting up one of the fastest courtships outside of Las Vegas. With a little bit of help from Naomi, God helped Ruth propose marriage in the wee hours of the morning, and the hot headed, skilled businessman Boaz, closed the deal in a few hours.
Who knows what plans God has for us that we don’t know about yet? We are so focused on the crisis of the moment. We so want to get out of survival and wish God would pour some God-speed on our checking account. And God did provide her with a couple of small bumps in her economy along the way, but by the end of the story, she was married to the biggest chunk of wealth in the county.
Because God had plans.
Plans about her twice dead plans.
Plans for a resurrection with God-speed and a God-size triumph.
Today let’s continue to war by sight for all of the areas where we know that the Egyptian curse is at work, but let’s also war by faith for all of the God-plans that we don’t even know are in process.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
From a Teacher region with a really bad reputation, where God was there first, laying a fantastic foundation