One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a homefor you, where you will be well provided for.” Ruth 3, verse 1.
I must make a confession: I’m harboring some resentment. Right now, I’m in the middle of cleaning out my parents’ house. This isn’t unusual; millions of people do it every year. Dad is gone and Mom is now living in an assisted living home. Their house sits full of possessions that someone has to get rid of. Being ‘that someone’ has logically fallen to me because there’s really nobody else who can at the moment.
That’s not the part I resent. What I resent is that there is so much of it and so little time. Mom is a collector, and has spent 70 years collecting all kinds of stuff, some of it valuable and some of it not. All of it needs to be sorted and either given away or trashed. I resent having, for years, implored my mom to rid herself of the clutter. On the other end of those years, the clutter is still here so someone has to unload all of it. It’s a big order, and I find myself talking more with God and others about it, venting my frustrations and hoping for guidance.
Notice how Naomi didn’t do any of that?
She didn’t fart around whining about all the work she had to do. She didn’t fuss about details that didn’t matter. She didn’t build up resentment over what she had to do, or about her responsibilities, or about how it was so unreasonable to expect one person to do all this stuff. Naomi simply got down to business, namely the business of survival.
Naomi realized that her she needed to find a new home for Ruth. Ruth was her daughter in law and Naomi saw how it wasn’t fitting for a beautiful young single woman to be constrained by an unwed future with a middle aged widow who would likely not remarry. Ruth could have a family of her own; Ruth could have children, and a home, and a husband, and a life beyond what Naomi could provide.
More than that, Naomi reflected her duty to God, understanding how she must entrust Ruth’s future to Him AND that she,
I need to focus on that. We’re working to put the house up for sale by May, and to make that happen there is much work. I’ve already spent days getting rid of trash and there are more days of that ahead. It’s going to take lots of faith, but I know that God provides what I’ll need to get the work done. Now I need to do a better job expressing that faith and letting go of the resentment that doesn’t really matter.
Father, forgive my failures and accept my apology. I believe in You and that You will provide all I need.
Read Ruth 2.
Are you holding on to any resentment?
What kinds of things are clouding your heart?
What can you let go of to grow your faith?