Ruth 2:18-23 Beyond I Do
Please read Ruth chapter 2:18-23. There is so much to absorb in so few verses.
How often do we feel as though we’re repeating the same old tasks? I remember as a young mom feeling bogged down with dirty diapers and if I had to sweep the kitchen floor less than three times a day, I was having a good day. So often we are challenged with getting through the mundane in life. It doesn’t matter what age we are, what our marital status is or educational level.
Sometimes God calls us to mundane.
Sometimes He’s testing our endurance through redundant tasks.
Before getting to our scriptures for today, I would like to back up and take a quick look at verse 17.
Ruth gathered barley ALL DAY(v 17 )
Ruth beat out the grain until EVENING(v 17)
Okay, I’m exhausted just thinking about these laborious tasks.
Ruth carried it back into town (v.18)…(carried it? Ouch my back)… and showed it to her mother-in-law and she shared her left over lunch with her.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to gather barley all day and then beat it until it was grain by evening? Some days, I find it difficult to put 4 ingredients into the bread machine; I can’t imagine what perseverance she must have had to have in order to continue these tasks over and over again.
In vs. 19-23 We see that even after a long day and evening, Ruth still takes the time to explain to Naomi where she worked,( another words still took the time to visit with Naomi after a long day of work) (where Boaz strategically placed her) and Naomi says,
“May the LORD bless him!” (v 20) “This man is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemer’s.”
Here’s the return for her labor: Ruth replies in vs 21: “What’s more, Boaz even told me to come back and stay with his harvesters until the entire harvest is completed.” They would be provided for even into the winter.
Ruth dutifully continued to glean to the end: not only with the barley harvest, but with the wheat harvest too, which meant to gather food in harvest into the severe winter. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
I don’t want to do anything in the severe winter but hunker down under a blanket until the first thaw. Can you imagine working outside in the extreme temperatures and working such a hard labour? Maybe some of you do, if so would you share that with us and what it’s like?
Perseverance: When God calls us to something, we have to respond and we have to be obedient to the bitter end. It may only be a day or it may be for years. However we CAN be reminded in Philippines 1:6 that God is always working on our behalf and will see us to the bitter end of the mundane tasks of life. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”(NIV)
There is a question that Ainsley asks herself as she is in the diner with her fiancé. She is rubbing the diamond with her thumb asking, Lord, Am I doing the right thing here?
1) How many times have you asked God if you’re doing the right thing when you’ve had to continue to do the same tasks over and over again without understanding?
2) I’m curious, when you are stuck in a rut, how do you ind God in it with you?
Lord, may we never get lost in the mundane tasks that you set before us.