I was recently reading a devotional about the will of God that really struck me. It described the events of Ruth’s life. The author remarked:
Because we see Ruth’s story with the perspective of thousands of years, it seems to be all tied up with a pretty bow. But it didn’t feel that way to Ruth. After her husband died, her life looked like a chopped down tree: all stump and going nowhere.
But God took that stump and gave it new branches, and that family tree became the line of the Messiah. When we look at Ruth’s children and their children, we can trace the line of David and of Christ. It is the greatest honor. This is the story God was penning all along, from the beginning of the book. It is His perfect design!
Oh, how I identify with that feeling Ruth must have had at times. All of these events in our lives occurring haphazardly, without any indication of where all of this is going.
It can be frustrating and scary. Because we are not omniscient, we fail to see the purpose and necessity of so many events in our lives. We walk blindly. And at times we allow doubt to overtake our faith.
It is like the tapestry. We often see the piece in it’s finished form. We get the privilege of seeing the whole, big, beautiful design. But we fail to recognize all of the work that must go into the tapestry before it can fulfill it’s purpose. We don’t look underneath to see all the crossed threads and mess of colors. We don’t see the process, we see the outcome.
I think often we expect the finished tapestry in our lives when our human perspective does not have the capacity to see what God is doing.
But God is slowly working. He is weaving together every thread.
What might seem random or unrelated is intricately woven into a more beautiful pattern than we could have imagined for ourselves.
The truth is, we might never see the tapestry from an aerial view. On earth, we may always see the messy underside of a work-in-progress. Sometimes our life is only one section of a much larger tapestry being woven together for God’s eternal purpose. Such is the case with Ruth in the lineage of Jesus.
But sometimes we receive little glimpses and sections of the tapestry, as a gift.
Like a random prayer for a continent you hadn’t given much thought to before, attending a conference and ending up on an e-mail list for missionaries you’ve never met before, having a conversation with a friend who has discipled you for years, and eventually being asked and called to missions on that continent.
Seemingly un-related events. All kinds of messy threads and loose ends with no clear resolution. Inability to see the finished product. But stepping out in faith, with the knowledge that God can see it all. He is weaving. He is creating. He working a purpose.
We need only follow each thread where it takes us next.
Friends, this trip is full of unknowns and trust exercises for me. It is a thread I am following for God’s greater purpose. Part of my blindness is trusting God for provision! I am exactly 2 weeks away from boarding a plane to Aussie- and I am only $1,200 short of being fully funded! If you are interested in prayerfully considering if God is leading you to play a role in financially supporting this ministry, you can click here for more information.
Thank you so much for your faith and consideration!