Last weekend my daughter (by marriage) got married. She planned a barn wedding and reception and was in charge of all the decorating herself. I knew it was going to take all of os helping her to pull it all off. And I knew emotions would be running high with family coming from New York (her mom), Colorado (the groom's family), and other parts of the country.
In a sense I was kind of dreading the day and worrying way too much about what could go wrong (running out of food or cake, people complaining about the heat, emotions taking over, etc...). When all along I just needed to focus on the beauty and meaning of the day. Sometimes at the end of a hard day, I want to think of all the disasters, when the list of things that went right could go on and on. I truthfully cannot think of one thing I would have changed on Saturday!
I have been reading a new book by Liz Curtis Higgs called The Girl's Still Got It..it is all about the story of Ruth. And just have to share some parts of the book with you all.
Whenever heartache, loss, disappointment, stress, or any of the other stuff we hate comes our way, it helps to remember that hard times are purposeful, meant to refine and redirect us. They're not arbitrary or random, and they're definitely not cruel. If I'm going to suffer, at least let it be for a good reason. Make that a God reason. If we start thinking, A LOVING GOD WOULDN'T DO THAT, we miss the truth recorded in His Word and the seeds of hope planted deep in our parched soil: God loves us too much to let us starve spiritually.
The book of Ruth is all about trust. Trusting God and doing what he says. Trusting God with my whole heart and life. Trusting God to forgive your past, handle your present, and provide for your future! Trust and obey. Sound familiar? I have a great group of girl friends with whom we've talked about trusting and obeying a lot the last few months! Maybe (BIG MAYBE) I am finally starting to scratch the surface to this idea in my life.
You can check out the author of this book, Liz Curtis Higgs, performing her righteous rap all about the book of Ruth here. It is worth listening to and will help you in your study about Ruth!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review*