Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As we continue to journey through the book of Ruth, I have discovered fragile places in my heart that still need attention and care. Somewhere in this journey called life, I forgot to be human and allow myself to feel and sit in what recently felt like rejection and abandonment. Because I am very familiar with these feelings and I remember the ache of my experience, I had chosen to deny myself, which is actually scriptural but not the truth in this situation. The enemy loves to twist and manipulate God’s Word to fit his agenda.  I had believed a lie that trusting God’s process and plan meant putting off my questions, my feelings, my concerns, and my disappointment.

REFLECT : Are we sometimes so focused on finding an answer, moving on, or achieving a goal that we miss what God is doing in the middle?

While we have been in the message series of Ruth, I sensed as I read Ruth 2:1-10 that Ruth wasn’t in a hurry at all. She remained steady and faithful while she was drawing closer to God’s redemptive plan. 

You have heard it said before, “Remember, steady and slow wins the race.” Now I know Ruth wasn’t in a race, but she was working, serving, and living in what was very foreign to her; and I imagine, it brought up all kinds of feelings and memories. 

My biggest mishaps or regrets in life have come after making quick decisions. The move or step may not have been wrong, but the timing may have been off. Either way,  it’s better to pause, pray, and remember He’s God and I’m not.

 As we read Ruth, we see that not even death, feast, or famine can thwart God’s purpose and plan for our lives.

In the beginning,  Ruth’s journey didn’t look favorable, but as we continue to read, I see the Holy Spirit providing for her every need and more. 

Ruth chose to stay, work, and serve with no promises or rewards. 

She had no idea that God was going to turn her tragedy, pain, and disappointment into triumph. However, she was very confident in her decision when she made it. 

Ruth made a decision and she didn’t look back. 

Remember this, the friendships you are praying for, the child you long for, the spouse you desire, and the healing you haven’t received are still near and dear to God’s heart.  He hasn't forgotten you or abandoned you. 

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. - Psalm 94:18-19

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6 
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