“Don’t forget the perfume, Ruth.” Naomi carefully handed Ruth the precious ointment she once wore for Elimelech. “You have been working in the field as long and as hard as a man but tonight you must smell like a queen. All the pungent odors of the ground must be left there… not on you.”
Bathing was refreshing; however, she still needed to apply perfume to complete the makeover. This night she would lie at the feet of Boaz. Her fragrance must be sweet to stir his heart and awaken his senses. In the same respect, a sweet spirit is lovely perfume but a bad attitude will cause us to stumble. Our face is clean, our dress is new but if we have an offensive, harsh spirit, the romance won’t last, the promotion won’t come. Others will get what we want.
The past is just that—the past.
I don’t like to remember the stench of the clothing I once wore. Strangely, I thought the clothes fit perfectly and the perfume suited me well. But my heart was chaffed and I had no sense of self-worth. Even now, reminiscing stirs sorrow. Can you relate?
You’re a bad parent
You can’t advise others. Who do you think you are anyway?
You’re obligated to remember your failures.
You’re just a homemaker…and you enjoy it. That must be wrong!
Other women have real jobs.
If you acquired higher education, you would be admired.
Don’t ask for help. You don’t deserve it.
You’re worthless…now adjust to this fact.
There is probably not a person alive who has not been snake bitten. Hurtful words from youth, incorrect assessments by teachers, rejections by friends and betrayals of endless sorts come into play somewhere in our journey.
But the Bible has good news to set your feet dancing. Take hold of this truth and fly high, daughter of the Most High!
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland”
God has given you an open door. Put on your perfume and burn the rags of yesteryear. You are not owned by the past but are the treasure and fragrance of the King!
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”