This is a snippet from the story of Ruth, when Naomi was traveling home with her two daughters-in-law after all of their husbands had died. I have been doing a study on the book of Ruth by Kelly Minter that I wholeheartedly recommend, as it has meant so much to me this summer as I am transitioning post-graduation.
We all go through times of hardship when all we want to do is weep. This verse in Ruth is significant, because even though all of the women were upset and weeping, Ruth pressed forward through the tears while Orpah turned back.
When the Lord gives us a vision and direction, there are often many obstacles in the way of getting there, just as Ruth had to be persistent about staying with Naomi despite her discouragement. The important thing to remember is that when we are going through times when all we want to do is cry, we need to be pressing forward in obedience.
We must continually recommit ourselves to Christ’s plan for our lives, even though people and circumstances tend to interfere. It is sustained obedience that really matters. We can plan to follow Him and follow through, but we have to commit that to our actions as well. So even when we are emotional wrecks, “what we do while we’re weeping makes the difference.”
I have also been blessed by the promise that the Lord works for our good for (Romans 8). Hubbard wrote, “When God is at work, bitter hopelessness can be the beginning of some surprising good.”
Today, I would encourage any of you who may be facing challenges with your family, school, job, or relationships to weep FORWARD.
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.