I Want To Be A Fearless Warrior

I’m sure that somewhere on this site, at some point I have talked about my love for Ruth. But here I am talking about her again. Because here’s the thing, Ruth was one of the most fearless women to walk this earth, and that’s a fact.

Think about it:
-Her husband dies, and when she’s given the opportunity to leave her mother-in-law and restart her life she doesn’t. She decides to stay where things are uncertain, with a woman whose loved ones keep dying. Not exactly what I would call a reassuring position to take.
-When she goes to this completely new country where customs are different from everything she has always known she doesn’t focus on how different everything is. She doesn’t focus on all the adjustments she will have to make. She focuses on her mother-in-law. She focuses on caring for the loved ones in her life. That being said, she goes to a completely foreign field where there are strange men everywhere and she is a vulnerable sole woman in order to provide for Naomi.
-When Naomi directs Ruth to go to Boaz, Ruth doesn’t question her. She obeys Naomi, against all the social customs, and goes into Boaz’s threshing floor and lays herself at his feet and at his mercy. Please try to remember how utterly scandalous this would be in the day and age this is all taking place. What if he decided that what she did was so inappropriate or impure that he would rebuke or shame her or make some sort of example out of her? Or what if that other random relative just decided he was going to marry her instead for the inheritance? So many things could have gone wrong.

Ruth was a warrior. She didn’t just give up when things were difficult or when life didn’t make sense. Instead she decided to pick herself up and follow after a new God and make a new life for herself. She must have seen something in Naomi that convicted her to leave everything she ever knew to follow this widow and her deity. And the moment she put her faith in this conviction, God provided more than she probably imagined.

Clearly Ruth wasn’t just focused on finding a new husband and having a comfortable, “normal” life. She wasn’t focused on living a life like the one she had. She wanted something else, something more, and she fought the norms and fought worldly logic to get it. She followed a widow to a strange land probably with the thought that she would live out her life serving her–what part of worldly logic would say that this was a spectacular idea?

How often are we hyperfocused on X, Y, or Z that we forget that there is Someone else providing blessings more than we have in mind? How often do we look around us at what everyone else seems to have and we think we need? How often are we Orpah, going back to the familiar, the ordinary, instead of going down the road less traveled in order to obtain the extraordinary?

I have been unbelievably jetlagged this entire week, waking up around 4 am every morning–something I usually don’t have issues with when I’m traveling–and I 100% believe this has been God trying to speak these words to me. After an hour of tossing and turning I finally decided to get up, open my Bible, and just read anything. As I pulled open my Bible, I don’t know why but I thought, I really want to read about Ruth right now, and with that God gave me the following reminder: no matter what my circumstance, no matter where I am or how uncertain I feel like things are, when I leave behind all my notions of what makes sense logically and hold onto the certainty of His love for me, He will fulfill every desire in my heart, often in an unexpected way.

fearless-warriorLet’s be fearless warriors like Ruth. Let’s not look back. Let’s not hold out for what the world is trying to offer. Let’s embrace the winding road before us with the certainty of God’s grace rather than the uncertainty of the turns ahead. Just look up, and what you will get from above will be worth so much more than what you thought you wanted.

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You’re My King & I’m Your Lionheart

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It has been far too long since I’ve had a good real Logos date. I have needed to just sit down with God and let the Word sink into my soul–and my Kenyan tea to sink into my belly. I hope you find my meditations as useful as I do.

Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”

And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”

So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.

Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, “Who are you?”

So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative [redeemer].”

Then he said, “Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. (Ruth 3:1-11)

I have always envied Ruth. I envy her boldness, her obedience, her fearlessness, and her faithfulness. I have always wanted to be like Ruth. I mean, look at her! She’s a go-getter! She knows what she wants and she goes after it!

When Naomi wanted her to go back to her people she refused. She knew that she wanted to be with Naomi, and she stuck with her. When she saw that what Naomi said was good about Boaz, she went to him and did as Naomi said. No hesitance. No changes in the plan. “She did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.” This is a fearless woman!

I want to be like that. I want to live a bold and fearless life! And it seems the only way to do it–odd as it may seem–is through submission.

Ruth, in all that she did, did it in submission. She is a rebel to her society, a rebel against the “proper way”, all the while submitting to God and to Naomi. When she decided to stick with Naomi, that wasn’t the norm. Orpah went back, found a new husband with her own people. But Ruth? Ruth was different. Ruth defied human logic and instead submitted herself to God and to Naomi when she said, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16).
And when Naomi told her to sleep at Boaz’s feet? Can you imagine how scandalous that could be?! But Ruth did it anyway. She submitted to Naomi and ended up with a husband who was righteous and who took care of her, and if that wasn’t enough, she ended up in the lineage of Christ!

Ruth had a lionheart. She feared no one other than God. And by submitting herself to Him, she became a rebel to the world!

You’re my King, and I’m Your lionheart

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And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10

How encouraging! How incredibly relieving it is to hear this message! Because I am weak. I screw up. I’m human. How often that gets me down. How often I think to myself that God can’t use me, God can’t work through me, because I’m too much of a mess up, I’m too much of a weakling.

But God says, “No! Your weakness isn’t going to hold Me back. My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” He doesn’t say, “Meh. I guess I could do something with the mess that’s going on here.” His strength is made perfect through weakness. So then St. Paul has the totally right idea–he’s like great! Bring on the infirmities! Bring on the persecutions and the struggles! Because he knows that that’s how God is going to work.

When did God ever use the big guy? He always picks the underdog!

Look at Moses–God refused to use him while he was son of pharaoh. Once Moses fled Egypt and became a shepherd, God said, “okay, time to use you!”

Look at Joseph–he was the baby of the family, he was cast away by his own brothers. He became a slave and prisoner, and God used him to save Egypt and Israel from the famine!

Look at the three saintly youth–they looked like they might just be the weakest ones there. I mean, VEGGIES? Who are they kidding, right? But God made them stronger than any of the other young men.

Look at Esther–a young orphaned Jewish girl who became chosen by the king and who saved the Israelites from being wiped out!

Look at Ruth–a widowed Gentile who took on God as her god and followed Naomi, another widow, without a clue of what was in store, a girl who became a part of the lineage of Christ!

Look at Peter–the man with his foot chronically in his mouth, the man who fought by the sword, the man who denied Christ three times. But who did Christ specifically visit so that he may tend His flock? Peter! And who converted three thousand souls to Christ with just one sermon? Peter!

The list can go on and on! So St. Paul says, “Yeah! I’m weak! But I don’t want my own strength; I want God’s. I’ve seen what it can do, and I won’t settle for human strength.”

So I too will say, bring on the earthly weakness! Bring on the persecutions and infirmities and reproaches if it means I’ll have the strength of God! Will you join me?