So you’re single and have been desiring to be in a relationship for a long time. You try not to focus on it and choose to look at the things God has given you to focus on instead of future things but you find yourself wondering. Wondering at Bible Study when that new attractive individual starts coming around. Wondering if the person the friend of yours brought to hang out could be the one you’ve been waiting for. The wondering even spills into the random trips to the store when you make eye contact. The wondering doesn’t just stop at maybe they are it but as you continue your mind goes from meeting to being married and having 2.5 kids in a matter of minutes.
Yeah I get you. Being quick to wonder has been a constant battle but I am starting find myself silencing those thoughts.
One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech. (Ruth 2:2-3 NLT)
Ruth wasted no time in doing what she was called to do. She put aside the fact that she was once married and desired to be married once again and focused on what God had placed in front of her. Her motive in going out to the fields was to provide for the ones God called her to. I like how the Bible says, “as it happened she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz” she didn’t seek it. Her sole purpose was providing and fulfilling the duty she felt God had called her to.
and that’s when she was noticed
The foreman said, “Why, that’s the Moabite girl, the one who came with Naomi from the country of Moab. She asked permission. ‘Let me glean,’ she said, ‘and gather among the sheaves following after your harvesters.’ She’s been at it steady ever since, from early morning until now, without so much as a break.” (Ruth 2:6-7 MSG)
Boaz saw Ruth as a hard worker and so that sparked curiosity. I imagine that if Boaz saw something different in Ruth she must have been more serious or diligent in the way she worked. This curiosity allowed Boaz to question who she was. We see that he immediately finds out her past, “that’s the Moabite woman…” He knows right away the culture she comes from but more than her past the foreman also tells Boaz of her character she came with Naomi. She hasn’t taken a break.
He responds in pursuit. As you continue to read you see that Boaz invites Ruth to eat with him and shows her favor because her focus was her character and her character proved that she was trusting God.
These words be not quick to wonder have been bouncing around my head for the past few weeks. I realized that in those moments of looking at an individual and spending time wondering what I’m truly doing is turning that wonder into worry.
When we accept worry we must understand that saying yes to the wonder is saying no to the trust. It’s saying,”God you obviously don’t have plans so I’m going to think and mull over what I can do to take my life in control.” Not attractive huh?
We must choose instead to say no to the worry and say yes to the trust. Like proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
When He is our focus the trust in Him is easier. In that trust we find that worry falls wonder isn’t a necessity and the paths to take are lightened because we’ve made Him our guide.