Sigh, now I had to make a choice. Why couldn’t God have simply fixed this? Why didn’t he just tell me exactly what to do?
But no… now I had to make a choice-- a key choice.
1. I could do nothing. Sometimes widows need to do nothing, they need to rest, but this wasn’t one of those times. This was more like James 4:17--
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.2. On the other hand, I could take the next step. What's the next step for you? For me, it was reading the book of Ruth. I really wasn’t interested. Sure, Ruth was a widow, but it’s a love story, right? Why torture myself with a love story? NOT what I was interested in! I had my life planned.
But I gave it a shot. It only takes 15-20 minutes to read.
When I looked at Ruth with the eyes of a widow, when I took that next step--- I was hooked!The first thing that caught my attention?
God doesn’t speak. When Ruth and Naomi "knocked on God's door" like I'd been doing, nobody "answered" them either!
This amazed me.
People were always telling me I’d feel God’s comfort like a big snuggly blanket, like He’d hold me and whisper love in my ear, but I hadn’t heard a thing from God---and neither did Ruth and Naomi. There are no miracles, no commands, no angelic visitations in this book of the Bible. The people are just ordinary. NAOMI AND RUTH EXPERIENCED THIS TOO!