With all the beauties springing up everywhere,
I have been thinking about the variety of options which all fall into the category of beautiful.
The lawn daisy,
the pink buds of the cherry trees,
and wild lady’s slippers,
each made to bloom in different climates.
The same is true of people.
Although we have the habit of judging each of our own beauty by those around us, God sees it differently.
He created each of us for specific events, special talents, differing abilities, unique gifts, orchestrated appointments, and even in the challenges of life an opportunity to bloom.
Each and every individual was created by God.
Each with a purpose and opportunities to know Him and His plan for them.
A wonderful example of God’s amazing abilities is the story of Ruth.
Ruth was married to a Jewish man and they didn’t have even one child.
We don’t know how long they were married, nor any other details as to why they never had a child.
However, Ruth ‘ s challenges didn’t end there.
She then experienced the pain of deep loss.
Her husband died.
Her brother-in-law died and from what we can extract from the story her father-in-law had already died.
She was left alone with her mother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Her mother-in-law was determined to move back to her home country and pleaded with both daughters to go back to their parents.
Ruth made the decision of a lifetime.
She said, “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; Wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
In our western mindset this is crazy. But in her time Ruth understood that her mother-in-law was unable to provide for herself or to earn an income. If Ruth left her there was a high chance Naomi would starve.
Ruth wasn’t willing to allow that, and she was willing to pay for it with her own future.
They return to Bethlehem.
Yet there is still a major problem. They have no way to earn an income.
So Ruth does what she is able to do.
I call it the task at hand.
She gleaned in the field.
Back breaking, difficult, tedious work.
Nothing fancy or even to be desired, yet she was willing to work and she was faithful day in and day out.
We don’t know much else about Ruth.
Was she beautiful?
Was she brilliant?
Was she tall or short?
Was she dark or fair?
Was she articulate or quiet?
What was her upbringing?
What kind of family did she come from? What treatment was she used to?
We know nothing except that she was faithful.
She followed God and was dependable to do whatever was needed to help Naomi.
She was definitely a woman of worth.
And the story ends with her being married to Boaz and having a son who is a direct ancestor to King David and the line of Jesus.
Ruth ‘ s life proves that the Lord is capable of making a life bloom when they have devoted themselves to Him.
Even if it costs them everything.
So as you look around at the flowers remember God created you just as special as each bud and He has a path laid out for you.
Each of us is a beautiful creation.
I think Ruth was a wild cherry blossom, blooming where she was planted no matter what storms tore at her heart.
What kind of flower are you?