I’m in the middle of a Kelly Minter Bible study on the book of Ruth. It’s a great study and daily I’m challenged or given something to apply. Todays lesson was no different.
Have you ever thought about the time Ruth had to wait? First she had to wait through the long night of laying at the feet of Boaz. Do you think she slept at all? She was in a rather scandalous place and Boaz told her he would take care of things in the morning. Later, when she got home, Naomi told her to rest and wait. Boaz was checking to see if the closer relative would take her. Poor Ruth! She was waiting for her entire future to be decided by other men–one that she loved and another she didn’t know.
Ruth didn’t run to the city gate or wander in the streets to see if she could hear what was going on. She didn’t even give her opinion on how Boaz might go about taking care of things. She had no idea what he had planned. All she could do was wait.
Minter writes, “Even while we’re waiting and it seems like nothing is happening, God is still working.”
An example is given about a group of Brazilians she visited. “The people here know how to wait. They wait for clean water. They wait for food. They wait for the floods to recede. They don’t resent it. They don’t see it as something to rush or dread. Instead, their waiting consists of hopeful endurance secured by a promise they know is on its way.”
There seems to be a lot of waiting in this writing journey. Waiting while you learn to write and plan your story. Waiting for your story to be critiqued. Waiting for an agent/editor to get back with you. Waiting for contests results.
What if I waited, knowing God was working? Waited, knowing His best was coming? What if I choose to see those four letters as positive instead of negative?
Phil. 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” NKJV
What a promise!