“For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Isa 51:3
She couldn’t cry any longer. Her eyes were swollen. Her face was puffy. Her nose was bright red. All night she had sat on the edge of their bed alone and hurting. Clinched in her small fist was a list of baby names that she had scribbled down hastily one day. She felt foolish but she clung to that list of names even though her husband was now dead. Her mother-in-law was heading back to her own country in the morning and she was facing an incredible decision on the heels of insurmountable loss. Her entire life had changed in a moment of time. Nothing was turning out like she thought it would.
We quickly forget who we are serving when we are faced with discouragement and disappointment. Our head hangs low, our shoulders stoop, and our mouths spew forth rancid, deplorable things because we forget who is in charge and where he brought us from. “…look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” Isaiah 51:1. Instead of looking for someone to blame, look unto the rock! Instead allowing anxiety, worry, and depression to grip our hearts turn to your hope!
Ruth had been widowed, her sister had abandoned her, and her mother-in-law was now asking her to go gather scraps so that they could live. It would seem like God had done these things to her. She had every reason to be angry. She had every reason to be bitter. She couldn’t have fallen to a lower station in life. It would appear that God was ok with her dumpster-diving existence.
“On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean…you were thrown out into the open field…” Ezekiel 16:4-5 NIV. But thankfully that’s not the end of the story, “Then I passed by and saw you kicking about…” Ezekiel 16:6 NIV. God found us and spoke to us a single word, “Live” Ezekiel 16:6. God is speaking the same word to you today. Live!
God is able to turn your world around in 24 hours. Naomi hadn’t sent Ruth to just any field to gather but she had sent Ruth to Boaz’s field. Sure, there were days that seemed to have no end. Certainly, the work was hard and there was little reward at times. But ultimately God gave Ruth what she had been working on. Ruth married Boaz but the story didn’t end there. Ruth was King David’s great grandmother and you find her name recorded in the lineage of Christ.
Remember from where you were hewn! Remember the hole that you were dug out of! God can turn that wilderness of fear and disappointment into something perfect and peaceful. God can transform that desert of loneliness and abandonment into something that will sustain you.
It is my prayer for you this week that you remember where God found you at and that you start LIVING.