It's a delight to get to share with the Beloved Prodigal community this Monday morning. Thank you for joining me for a look back over our shoulders at the trail we've traveled the last six weeks as we've studied the Old Testament book of Ruth. It's really just occurred to me that we've sojourned a complete circle in these six weeks from Bethlehem to Moab and back to Bethlehem in the land of Judah.
The circle began with an escape. A family, Naomi's family, fled the scary unknown future of a land in famine. However, once they planted themselves in the far-off country of Moab, the grass didn't seem so much greener. In fact, in Moab, their family circumstances only took a downward spiral. I wonder if anyone other than myself can relate to such a circle of events.
Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. Ruth 1:6 ESV
When I look back over my shoulder to the path I've personally traveled, rather than a straight line, I see a number of circles. Some of us may remember from geometry class that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line; however, we tend to live out our journey to eternity by traveling in circles. Perhaps God's intention is not necessarily the shortest distance. What if He rather enjoys the adventurous journey of creating an intimate, trusting love relationship with His bride?
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A NOTE from me:
I am forever grateful to our Father for introducing me to the beautiful women of the Beloved Prodigal community. These are my sisters, all of whom I shouldn't have met until we shared eternity together in our Father's house, and yet the Father gifted me with getting to know them now. Thank you, Anna and Bettie, for praying with me through this year of 2018. Thank you for enriching my life by sharing yours with me. Your walk with Jesus causes my gaze to look up!
If you didn't get to join us for the study through the book of Ruth using my book, 31 Days of Gleaning with Ruth: questioning my way through a famine season, don't fret. It's not too late. I pray you'll take a sojourn with Naomi and Ruth, and I bless you to glean much truth in the harvest fields of God's living and active Word.
Eyes on Jesus, friends... you SHINE!