ruth ramblings…in corinthians.

Has a Bible verse ever grabbed hold of you and refused to let go? I mean, really. It is on repeat in your mind, you see the truth of it playing out in the smallest circumstances, you pray it over and over as if it is all you know how to pray? Has a verse ever gripped you like that?

I found this the other day.

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace” 1 Corinthians 14:33

That verse is holding onto me for dear life. It has me locked in it’s grip. That is the King James translation of that verse and generally King James interpretation is my least favorite…but his wording in this case has hung unto me for dear life.

Or maybe I’ve hung onto it for dear life.

I’m in a season of decision making and transition. Somehow decision making and transition seem to go hand-in-hand with confusion..at least in my life.

Which makes me think of Ruth…and take pity on her. Poor girl.

And then, at the same time, I find myself admiring her. In the face of losing your husband, how do you decide to leave your homeland? And then when your mother-in-law tries to shoo you away, how do you decide to stay? And when your sister-in-law leaves, how do you stand by your conviction that staying was the right thing to do? And then when you are just barely holding it together, how do you find the strength to glean?

I can’t help but think, that over and over again Ruth made the right choice. In the face of too many options, and confusion and unbearable transition, she chose what was right.

Today I want Ruth’s diary so I can know what she was thinking, and more importantly, how she was feeling.

But I think there are some things we can assume. In Ruth’s own confusing situation, she was obedient to the best of her ability. And the Lord honors obedience.

And in the face of her loss, the Lord  provided (ahem, thank you Boaz).

Above all, obeying the Lord does not end in confusion. It ends in peace. Remember my verse?

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace” 1 Corinthians 14:33

Here is how I think Ruth made it – I think this would be the sparks notes of her diary:

Ruth obeyed to the best of her ability no matter what decision or transition was in front of her. And as she obeyed the Author of Peace, the confusion dispersed.

This is what I want the sparks notes to be on this season of my life: Katie obeyed to the best of her ability no matter what decision or transition was in front of her. And as she obeyed the Author of Peace, the confusion dispersed.

God does not write confusion into our lives. Hallelujah and amen.

Love,

katie

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