I just finished going through a study of Ruth with the She Reads Truth community. I've gone through the book of Ruth probably more times than any other book in the Bible and I NEVER get tired of it. It's a story that captivates my Taylor Swift kindred spirit-ness more than any other. It's a sit on the edge of your seat kind of love story, totally worthy of some catchy Taylor Swift tune, but it's so so much more! There are so many lessons to be learned from Ruth about so many things: grief, spiritual mothers, healing, God's plan, and more. But the thing that overwhelmed me this time about this wonderful little book in the Bible, is that Ruth's love story is MY love story. Ruth's love story is YOUR love story. Ruth's love story is OUR love story whether we have earthly romantic love or not.
She Reads Truth said the following about Ruth:
"God used our Ruth. He gives us a glimpse of what a Redeemer looks like, both loving and just, through Boaz. He has redeemed you like Boaz redeemed Ruth. Their love story is our love story. And in the most public way possible, He redeemed us once and for all, a people for His own possession. Sisters, go forward today like Ruth! Loved so genuinely and so incredibly by the One Who redeemed you to be His. You are loved. And you are His."
I'm in a strange season where my life kinda sorta feels like a Taylor Swift song some days (with butterflies, smiles, and the fun and frustrating kind of confusion). However, whether this mystery thing in my life becomes something or doesn't, whether it's fleeting or will last, it doesn't and can't compare with the way God's love for me, for you, for us, overwhelms me! As a single woman, I dream about a Ruth and Boaz romance. It overwhelms me to hope (I want to say know, but hope is as good as knowing) that God would send a man into my life who would redeem me. Who would love me in spite of any past mistakes I've made and any future mistakes I will make. Who would love me, my flaws, my quirks, and all. A man who would redeem the broken family I was born into by becoming my family and creating our own family. That kind of earthly love is a dream I hope I do have one day. But that love is also something we all already have.
After finishing up Ruth, completely overwhelmed by how Boaz loved her, how God loved Ruth by providing for her, and how God loves us by making this story our story in that He sent the ultimate Redeemer to redeem us forever, I was driving to work and this song by Bethel Music called "We Dance" came up on my playlist. The lyrics read:
"You steady me. Slow and sweet, we sway. Take the lead and I will follow. Finally ready now, to close my eyes and just believe that You won’t lead me where You don’t go.
When my faith gets tired and my hope seems lost, You spin me round and round and remind me of that song, the one You wrote for me. And we dance!
And I’ve been told to pick up my sword and fight for love. Little did I know that Love had won for me. Here in Your arms You still my heart again. And I breathe You in like I’ve never breathed ‘til now.
And I will lock eyes with the One who’s ransomed me. The One who gave me joy for mourning. Oh, I will lock eyes with the One who’s chosen me. The one who set my feet to dancing.
We dance. Just You and me. It's nice to know I'm not alone. I've found my home here in Your arms."
Thinking about that song with the hope of hoping God will send an earthly man to me to love me that way, with the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus loves the church, brought me to tears. But then, thinking about my Savior and how He already, has always, and will always love me that way brought on full force weeping aka ugly crying. I pray today wherever you are and however loved you feel on earth, that you will understand and embrace God's love for you.
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