Jeremiah 29:11 promises us that God has plans for each of us, plans for good. God also allowed free will into the world so we each have the choice to live into God’s plans or to follow our own plans. For any of us, we seek to live our lives as a child of God but we also venture down our own roads from time to time. As we mature and grow in our faith, we learn to stay attuned to God’s plans and purposes for our lives more and more of the time.
The Bible, or God’s story, is filled with ordinary people doing small things to remain faithful who are used in extraordinary ways. Today’s story features two widows and a farmer. Through their simple acts of self-giving love they become part of the lineage of Jesus. Another story features a shepherd boy, the youngest in the family, who slays the giant and eventually becomes king. One of my favorites is about the fishermen, tax collector, .. who become the disciples and come to change the world forever. Each of these ordinary people became part of God’s story and are a part of our story as well.
God also calls each of us to be a part of His ongoing story. Each and every day God brings before us opportunities to serve others with self-giving love and to share our story with others. Sometimes the small things we do or the little pieces of our story that we share make a big difference in another’s life. Many times we do not know about this affect or impact. At other times the whisper of the Holy Spirit is harder to hear or we find it easier to ignore. We must be attuned to the whispers and nudges and must seek to live into the will of God. We must be open to those whispers and nudges even when our first reaction is to ignore them or to think, ‘Really?’ The Lord requires of us the same things he did of Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, David, te disciples… – trust and obedience. We must remember that God has us each in the palm of His hand. Lord, make us willing and obedient to the call to be your loving servant today.
Scripture reference: Ruth 3: 1-5 and 4:13-17