Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"On Fire": DO YOU. You Never Know Who's Watching.
"'The Lord bless you, my daughter,' he replied. 'This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.'"---Ruth 3:10-11(NIV)
This morning...in the wee hours...
I was awakened with that Scripture. And although, for a myriad of reasons, I am a fan of (Boaz and) Ruth's story, I must admit that I was still caught a bit off guard.
Then I wrote a devotional about knowing the difference between being a quitter and being someone who endures (Ruth is the latter, by the way). That definitely helped to bring forth some clarity. And now, I have something for the "On Fire" women.
There are two things that I really like/respect/appreciate about what Boaz said to Ruth. For one thing, if you read the entire Book of Ruth, you get the sense that Boaz was not a *speaker* so much as an *observer*. And what he observed about Ruth was that she was a good woman. And to take it a step further, she also wasn't a needy or desperate or worry-filled woman who felt like she needed to "date someone" just to be doing something. He acknowledged that running after men was so not her style and that it wise that she was like that (Good for her!).
The second thing that I peeped was that he was aware of her reputation; that she was a noble woman or, as some translations say, a virtuous woman. And as a direct result of her character, he wanted to make her his wife. He decided to do what he could in order to make that happen.
It's a short-yet-potent point today...
If you are someone who desires to be married and you're not (yet) in a relationship, it's a good idea to keep Ruth close. Why? Because in many ways, Boaz reminds me of Adam. It may have appeared that Boaz was "unconscious" when it came to Ruth but when she came to where he was sleeping, he saw her for who she really was. Just like Adam (Genesis 2:18-25), he praised her for being a good woman.
God's ways are not our own (Isaiah 55:8-11). Therefore, you can never know all (ALL) that he is doing from beginning to end. Scripture tells us that (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And since the Message Version of Acts 1:7 also tells us that timing is the Father's business, it's important (imperative) that you be a woman of character. That you live responsibly. That you focus on your daily tasks. Why? Because you never know who may be watching you as it relates to your witness as a Christian and, quite possibly, even as it relates to your future husband.
So bottom line...
Avoid the temptation to perform.
DO YOU. And do you well...
You never know who's watching...