There are times when God’s Word jumps off the page and reminds me of a song. Some of you may be able to relate.
The bridge in the song “Waymaker” says, “Even when I don’t see it you’re working. Even when I don’t feel it you’re working. You never stop, you never stop working.” After reading Ruth chapters 3 and 4, I can’t stop seeing the connection between their story and the lyrics to this song.
In chapters 1 and 2 we learn Naomi has lost her husband and two sons. One of her son’s was married to Ruth. Because of harsh laws regarding the rights of women, Widows were among some of the most helpless people in society. Left without any way to support themselves, Naomi and Ruth were left desolate.
Naomi had traveled to Bethlehem, where she was hopeful to find Ruth a home where she would be well provided for.
Fast forwarding a bit, Ruth does as Naomi says and Boaz ends up being the guardian-redeemer for Ruth. They are no longer left desolate but have been redeemed and now taken care of. Take some time to read through chapters 3 and 4 if to get all the details.
After reading these chapters, I’m reminded that God is always working. Even when we don’t see it (just like the song says too).
It must have been difficult for Naomi and Ruth to see how God could or was working in their desperate situation. But He was. And He did.
He already knew both would be restored, redeemed, and taken care of far beyond their imagination. God restored them and God restores us. Even in our darkest of days, God is working to make all things new.
God made a way for Naomi and Ruth and He’s making a way for us too.