The Lord showed this to me while I was praying for my husband today. The season of singleness is not only a time of preparing and praying for your mate but also of time of serving. He brought to my remembrance, the book of Ruth. (It’s actually an awesome book of encouragement while you’re waiting.)
It’s a story of loss, love and redemption. I’ve read it a numerous of times before. Yet, this time it was different because the Holy Spirit revealed something deeper. He gave me so many different revelations, that I am not able to go into great detail today. I will have to save some for a later time.
The book begins with Naomi, her husband Elimelech and two sons moving to Moab to live. It doesn’t say exactly how long they were living there before her husband died but it does say that her sons married and dwelled there for ten more years. They married Moabites. It can be difficult for someone in our culture to fully understand why this was such a serious matter. In Naomi’s day and age, ethnicity and religion were closely connected in a way that it is not today. To marry outside of the Israeli nation was to marry outside the faith of God and to bring your family into a future of paganism, which could include such disturbing practices as human sacrifice, idolatry, and ritual prostitution (Silverman, 2007)
After Ruth’s and Orpah’s husband died, Noemi blessed and released them to their people. Orpah left but Ruth stayed. For those ten years, both woman interacted with Noemi. Noemi being faithful to her beliefs, I am pretty sure she spoke of God, and the history of her people. Throughout the years, they both heard but only one listened. Now, here is what got my attention. On the day Noemi released them (Ruth1: 16) But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.17"Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me."… Did you get that? Ruth received salvation! That was a turning point in the heavens and for her life.
So they returned to Bethlehem together at the beginning of the barley harvest. (Ruth 2: 2-9) 2And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter." 3So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
(Ruth 2: 5-9 )5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose young woman is this?" ….8Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids. 9"Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw."
Here is what The Holy Spirit showed me, “Ruth was working when her husband found her.” The word glean means to pick or gather up. She was working when she found favor in the eyes of Boaz. She wasn’t looking for a husband, rather she was working. She wasn't thinking , “When will I find him?” This is what God has taught me. While I am in this season of waiting, I need to be working for the kingdom then He will cause our paths to cross. I need to get my eyes off “my husband” and onto God. My focus needs to be God first, and the rest will fall into place……JustFood4Thought