Sometimes it’s said that life is about choices. Well, that may be partly true, but often life involves things we would never choose, such as a car accident, a life-threatening disease, or a failed marriage. These unwanted events transport us immediately to a path that is strange, painful, and uncharted. Whether things we choose or things chosen for us, we are all traveling on a road that leads somewhere. What’s your destination?
How we answer ultimate questions has both temporal and eternal consequences. And the way we answer those questions will be reflected in the way we live our lives—what we truly believe, we will act upon, hour by hour, week by week, year by year.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the small choices I make daily and the motives behind them. Like a moth to a flame, this thinking led me to the Book of Ruth. If you’ve ever taken a writing class, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “show me, don’t tell me.” The writer of this book does exactly that. He shows us the consequences of wise as well as unwise choices. He shows us what steadfast (covenantal) love looks like at a time when everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. He also shows us the invisible hand of God moving sovereignly in the lives of His people, directing events for their good and His glory. God’s grace is on display from beginning to end in this great story.
But the Book of Ruth isn’t just a great story. It’s a great love story at multiple levels. More importantly, it’s a great love story in the midst of great suffering. How steadfast is your love for others when you are suffering, when life isn’t going the way you planned? I don’t have to think very long to answer that question. Ruth has much to teach me, so I hope to spend some quality time with her over the next few weeks. Will you, kind reader, join me on this journey?
Part Two: House of Bread: What is Love?