If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. –James 1:5 NLT
When I met my husband at the end of January in 1973, I fell in love with those twinkling blue eyes and everything about him. A week later I knew he was the one.
But in March fear set in. I was still feeling the effects of a broken engagement six months earlier. My shattered heart hadn’t had enough time to mend.
“This is happening too fast,” I told him one Friday evening after our date. Then I slipped out of his car and out of his life.
For the next two days, an emotional wrestling match waged war in my heart. What if I was passing up the love of a lifetime? Deep down I knew someone like him might never come along again. But this was my chance to play the field. I was young, free, and independent.
Saturday evening I stayed home. Alone. Miserable.
We had a signal in those days before cell phones. If the living room light was on and the window shade was up, I wasn’t home. If the light was on and the shade down, I was.
I kept peeking through the drawn shade, hoping he’d stop by. I kept that light on and the shade down all night long. By Sunday evening, I made a choice. I grabbed my car keys and went looking for him.
Here we are, about to celebrate our forty-fifth anniversary. I shudder when I think of how close I came to losing him and missing out on the life we’ve had together.
Every choice we make carries with it consequences, some good and some not so good.
When I read the book of Ruth a few weeks ago, it struck me that this story that so beautifully shows the sovereignty and faithfulness of God, is a story of choices. Each of the four main characters had a choice to make. What they chose determined future joy or sorrow, rejoicing or regret.
Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, chose to step out of God’s will and not trust God to provide for him and his family’s needs. He moved his family to Moab, only 55 miles from his hometown of Bethlehem.
The result was disaster. He died in a foreign land, his sons married Moabite women, not women of the Hebrew faith. Then the sons died, leaving Naomi and her two pagan daughters-in-law without provision and protection.
Naomi chose to return to Bethlehem. Stepping back into God’s will led to more blessings than she could ever have dreamed of.
Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, chose to remain with Naomi rather than return home to “her people and her gods.”
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay,” Ruth told her. “Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16–18).
Ruth’s choice of loyalty led to the love of a lifetime.
Boaz, Elimelech’s relative, chose to honor the law of levirate marriage and take Ruth as his wife. The result was hope for all mankind. The child they had, Obed, became the grandfather of David, whose line produced the Messiah.
The end result for all but Elimelech was joy.
Every choice we make has consequences. Asking God for help—for wisdom, guidance, and direction—will lead to the right choice, if we choose to listen to Him.
What choices are you facing today?
Help me, Lord, to choose the right priorities, the right people, the right places, and the right Provider—You. Amen.
Read and meditate on Ruth 1–4.
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