Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Glimpsing God (chapter 20)

AUTHOR NOTES
Read Ruth 4:1-8

Have you noticed there’s a lot of waiting in the book of Ruth? Naomi had lived in Moab for at least ten years, the trip back to Bethlehem had taken four or five days, and Ruth had worked about two months before these events came together. Ruth and Naomi waited for Boaz, while Boaz waited at the city gate and then, according to the law of the day was given a shoe!

There were plenty of opportunities for nail-biting and confusion to be sure! In our day of instant messaging and fast food, we’ve lost the skill of waiting patiently, but these people remind us that it’s a necessary part of life. They waited and they survived the waiting, and we will too.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Are there days when you wish you could push a fast forward button on your life? Sometimes the hardest thing about daily life is that it’s just so…daily.

What estate settlement tasks do you need to do? Choose a date and time to start.  And then watch for God in the as-it-turned-out incidents that occur in the days ahead.

As you work through these details, which character traits do you think God will challenge you with most? 
  • Obedience 
  • Patience 
  • Openness 
  • Surrender 
  • Honor 
  • Sacrifice
PRAYER

Dear Lord,
Are you really in the details of my life like you were with Boaz and Ruth? Open my eyes to the orchestrations and the coincidences that you are engineering on my behalf. My heart will stand on its tiptoes to watch!
Amen.

(excerpts from Postcards From The Widows' Path, pages 188, 191, 192)

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