Childless Ruth

This morning, while listening to a sermon on Ruth, Dallas Theolical Seminary Professor Dr. Reg Grant threw in a little side note that caught my attention.  If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Ruth, a widow, was encouraged to stay with her family in Moab after the death of her husband.  However, she remained loyal to her mother-in-law, Naomi, as they moved from Moab back to Naomi’s homeland. 

As Dr. Grant encouraged his listeners to learn from Ruth’s loyalty, he added this little tidbit:

What God did they worship back there [in Moab]?  It wasn’t Yahweh; it was Keemash.  Did you notice that Ruth was married for ten years and apparently she had no children?  Ever wonder why God sometimes says no to some really good requests, like children? ….

Keemash demanded the sacrifice of the firstborn.  …

Tender Mercies.  That you can’t see at the time.  Can’t see for ten years.

God has a plan.

Although the bit of information was not a major point in his lesson, a few simple observations/similarities connected me with his words:

1.  This coming May, Josh and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage.  My guess is that Ruth, like myself, married at a young age.  So, it’s very likely that I am about the same age as she when her husband died. 

2.  I, like Ruth, am still childless after 10 years of marriage. 

3.  God has a plan for me!

But what sticks in my soul more than anything else is the simple phrase “Tender Mercies”

It’s God’s tender mercies that I need to meditate upon.

Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
      God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
   Shining on those in the darkness,
      those sitting in the shadow of death,
   Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
      down the path of peace.

~Luke 1:78-79 (the Message)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kristin
    Feb 11, 2010 @ 15:43:32

    Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear that this week. 🙂

    Reply

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