I heard a wonderful sermon yesterday. It was based on the story of Ruth and Boaz. Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth had both lost their husbands and suddenly found themselves not only widowed but without provision. They went to glean grain from a field that belonged to a king who happened to be a distant relative with hopes they could find favor and mercy. Their very difficult circumstances eventually took a turn that led to a beautiful story of redemption and love. You see, Boaz was a good king and showed great compassion as he observed Ruth gathering the sparse remains of the harvest. Though her situation was grim, this man saw her seeking heart and chose to rescue and provide for she and her mother-in-law. He even quickly chose to marry Ruth and it turns out their lineage became that of yet another king - Jesus.
I realize that in this WORLD life does not always have happy endings. Nor does everyone who experiences loss end up marrying a king and living happily ever after. The truth is, we all endure life's trials and even its catastrophes in one way or the other.
The good news is - there IS good news! There IS a King. And there IS a happy ending - if we simply choose to gather what we need in HIS field, regardless of our circumstances or tragedies. Life is hard. Situations can be overwhelming and appear to have no improvements. May I encourage you that there is help who can walk on the water. He is a gracious provider who is interested and wants to be active in our lives if we will but confide in Him. He does not always choose to keep us from trials, but He DOES promise to go through them with us. He offers peace, provision, mercy, forgiveness, healing and best of all - eternal promises! These may not always seem to come in the timing of our wants, but for those who trust and endure the ending will indeed redeem the heartaches of the broken world we daily meet with.
James 1:12 says, "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial, for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
Hold on. Look up...and call on your King. His answer might not be the million you wished for, but it will be more than enough - and the happy ending will one day astound you when you see Him face to face.
"Every song that I write comes from my own personal experience. i believe the role of an artist is to interpret reality through a system of beliefs and a long-term seeking of truth, in your own life and in the world at large." Dan Folgelberg