Read it! Ruth 2:1-13
So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters.
As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz,
Who was from the clan of Elimelech.
Think it through
As it turned out…
It just so happened…
And wouldn’t you know…
God is so often a part of this type of phrase. Can you see Him in Ruth’s story?
It just so happened that Naomi was related to Boaz, a wonderful man of God. The kind of guy who greets his workers by saying, “The Lord be with you!” The kind of guy whose workers ask the Lord to bless him.
As it turned out, Ruth found herself working in a field belonging to that very same guy.
And wouldn’t you know, Boaz had already heard all about Ruth—her struggles, her loyalty to Naomi, and her faith in the God of Israel.
God was orchestrating events, lining up coincidences, redeeming the hard times. He was at work behind the scenes, bringing His plan for Ruth, Naomi, Boaz, and their descendants—including Jesus Christ, and thus all of us—into motion.
Live it like you mean it
What has “just so happened” to you recently? How did it turn out for the good? Do you tend to see “good luck,” or do you see the hand of God guiding and blessing you?
Here’s a recent example for me:
It just so happened that a doctor I had been seeing for years dropped me as a patient because she could no longer accept my insurance provider. I had been dragging my feet about getting a second opinion, but this forced me into it.
That same week, completely unprompted, a friend of my mom recommended her specialist in this area. As it turned out, that guy wasn’t available, but a college of his had an opening.
And wouldn’t you know that my new doctor was able to explain to me what’s been going on with my health in a way that I could fully understand. I‘m more relaxed about my health than I’ve been in ages. Thank You, Lord!
I’m not saying that God is in every chance happening—I believe that some things just happen. But I do know that every good thing comes from Him (James 1:17)—and we should give credit where it’s due, in our hearts and with our voices.
The challenge for this week is this: let’s keep our heart open to recognize God’s work, and let’s tell at least one person about something He’s done for us!
Lift it up
Lord, thank You for all of the work You do behind the scenes in my life. I pray that my eyes will stay open to see Your hand at work so I can give You all glory. I praise You for Your “chance” meetings, Your “coincidences,” for every disappointment You’ve redeemed. Thank you for redeeming me, O Lord, and for heaping on the blessings besides!
Tell Me About It
Tell me! I’d love to hear your “As it turned out” stories!!
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