The story of Ruth fits well with the theme of blessings. I love the story of Ruth, as she follows her mother-in-law to a foreign land. She puts her trust in the lord, and as a hard-working refugee, she succeeds.
When we hope for the best and know that there is a plan for us, we can also find blessings in disguise. And the English preacher Charles Sturgeon again features in our story this week as he writes about Ruth:
“….how divinely was it planned! Ruth had gone forth with her mother-in-law’s blessing under the care of her and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he would make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she, a poor foreigner, would become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah. God is very good to those who trust in him and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us tomorrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld….The trivial events of today or tomorrow may involve consequences of the highest importance.”
Here is another instance, as with Joseph being sold into slavery, where the end is one where those who reflect back upon their hardships and denial may realize there was a plan in store for their lives.
Mantra: This week I will go forth with the idea that there is providence guiding my steps. I will have faith and trust in the universe unfolding as it should around me. Mindful of living in the moment, I realize the events of today may have a higher purpose and meaning as I go through the week.