“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Close your eyes, and travel back in time to the threshing floor in the Book of Ruth. You are lying under a sleeping man’s feet and the smell of fresh grain drifts in the breeze. The midnight hour is approaching and the man who can turn your world upside down is deep in sleep!
You want to awaken him or just run away. You ask yourself, “Am I a fool?” Your mind is racing, your heart is pounding, but because you have surrendered to God—you wait.
Every fiber of her being was on edge. She was waiting for Boaz to wake up and then she had to muster up the courage and ask him to honor the Levirate law and marry her. Nothing to fear—a piece of cake!
How can I lie here all night? What if he never wakes up; should I awaken him? He may sleep forever and never see me here. This is hard—waiting and not knowing the outcome! Naomi told me to lie down. That was it…just lie down. There were no further instructions. I made sure of that. Naomi understands. She is wise about the ways of God. Most of all…I know she loves me.
Ruth had done everything she was told. Now she had—to wait.
Has that happened to you? And while you waited did the tempter come, “Aw, God doesn’t care. He’s sleeping on the job. You’re a woman. Make it happen! You can’t just sit there and do nothing!”
Recently a dear girl from my church was star struck when the Lord brought a man of stellar character into her life. Yesterday she showed me her prayer of surrender.
I surrender to you, Lord Jesus my idea of what kind of man I need. You Lord, know what I need. You made me, You fashioned me in my mother’s womb. I would like a husband who is a man of God and loves you. I want the man/husband that you want for me. Thank you, Jesus. AmenI have known her man of God a good while and asked, “Well, was she worth the wait?”
He replied with a huge grin and sparkling eyes!
What’s your story? I would love to hear from you—how you waited and how God amazed you. It can be marriage, a job, anything. And know—your story will help someone else. Thank you!