Jeff Dryden (CCC)
An Unexpected Turn
Pray for grace through the application of God’s word
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Read Ruth 2
How might Ruth felt as she went out?
Have you ever taken a risk of faith and love? What was that like?
Jeff Dryden quoted Paul Miller, in A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships, saying,
As Ruth ventures out, she doesn’t know which field to go to, whether anyone will welcome her, and what risks she faces. All is unknown. Love puts us in similar situations. We aren’t sure where we stand or how people will react. This discomfort tempts us to achieve a semblance of control… Our modern culture’s obsession with safety and perfection is little different. It too leaves us frozen, causing us to shut down or retreat. So how do we get traction when so much could go wrong? How do we operate in ambiguity? No matter how fuzzy our circumstances, we can always love. We can do Hesed. Our world may be ambiguous, but our calling isn’t. Instead of fighting the uncertainty, we can love in it. Faith grows in the rich soil of ambiguity. Because everything is uncertain, we find ourselves praying our way through the day or through relationships. Walking with the Good Shepherd on this journey of love becomes like breathing. Do not put energy into ordering what you cannot control; simply love in the disorder. That’s what Ruth does.
How does that quote strike you?
God miraculously provides for Ruth. How have you seen things turn out for good over time?
If you see yourself as a Ruth or Naomi, pray for God’s help this week.
Boaz is generous and compassionate. How might you be compassionate this week? Be looking for ways to help others.
Pray for each other.