Lockdown, isolation, stay-at-home…
These words line up the lips of everyone this period.
And for you young lady who have been withdrawn from school/work friends and activities, you might feel lonely. Isolated. Physically and emotionally.
You also wonder… “When will all this end, and what next?” “And for now, where do I turn to?
What do I do with my time?”
You see other girls catching up on the latest Bolly… Nolly… Hollywood and Netflix shows. Some are having “good times” with their boyfriends – in his house or over the phone. Others do anything to roll in money now. Some simply eat and sleep. And yes, some read Bibles and books all day.
“So where do I fit in? Which group should I join? What do I do with this lockdown so that when I look back at it, I’ll pat my back, smile, and have something tangible to put on the table. Great result!”
Your heart is filled with questions like this, right?
Ok. Grab a cup of your favorite drink and have a seat here, dear girl. Let’s talk.
There’s an interesting lady we need to learn from today.
You need to meet this sweet lady who walked to royalty, from a period in her life where she most likely felt isolated and lonely.
There was this guy who stole her heart. She loved him so much that she turned down the marriage proposals of men from her own tribe and married this “stranger”.
Then strange things hit one after the other…
Her brother in-law died and her husband too.
Oh how she wept!
She felt lonely and alone.
Life didn’t get better.
One morning, her mother in-law packed her bags and said she was going back to her country.
“I’m going with you, mama… I’m part of your family… Married to your son.”
But the woman was bent on going without her and her sister-in-law.
And then, her sister-in-law pulled out. “I’m going back sis. Let’s go.”
But not this made-up-mind, focused lady. She has seen a spark of light in the life of her mother in-law, and wasn’t ready to leave it and go back to the fruitless jolly messy life in Her her town.
Mum, I’ll die where you die. I’ll serve your God. She kept promising as she held unto her arms, looking into her face as tears rolled down their face.
Her mother in-law peered into her wet brown eyes. “Ok, daughter. Let’s go.”
So they travelled, and came to that land… And one thing led to the other… The richest man in the land noticed her and married her.
And not just that, she’s part of a Royal lineage. I’m talking about the lineage of the King of Kings, our Lord Jesus.
What an honour!
From a no background, isolated, lonely lif, to a Royal lineage.
And all was shaped as this lady took the right decisions and made the best use of a period of nothing in her life.
Oh… I know you can guess this lady’s name.
There are four things you need to pick and practice from the life of Ruth.
Her name spells it out:
Ruth 1:16-17 gives us a glimpse of the determined heart of this young woman.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Ruth allowed nothing stand in her way. Her mind was made up to follow her mother in-law. Husband or no husband, house or no house, money or no money, we are going together. This sort of relentless spirit surely has a source.
Ruth was a Moabitess. She’s been serving their gods. But she encountered the living God, I believe, in her husband’s family, and choose to stick with Him forever. “Thy God will be my God.”
Girl, to live the life God prepared for you, you need to be bold and very courageous. Such courage and relentless spirit comes from a personal encounter with God. It is that look that will give you a life… So that in the face of discouragement, lack, loss, temptation, you will have the courage to declare, “this is where I stand”. And nothing can stop you from journeying to the land where fruitfulness awaits you.
No matter how messy you feel your life is, you can come to Jesus today. If He could save Ruth from idol worship, and make her privileged to be in the lineage of our Saviour Jesus, He will do the same and more for you.
Ruth came to Bethlehem and definitely met other young women slaying with their lives. But see what was said of Ruth: “…inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. …for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” (Ruth 3:10, 11).
There are lots of things that seek to entice young women today – to dress seductively, give your heart and body to guys, keep up with the latest fashion so as to be acceptable by your peers, etc. Ruth did not bow to such trendy but damning lifestyle. If she did, she would have lost out on the great future God had in store for her. Girl, take a stand for righteousness – for Biblical femininity.
Some young women today feel that their parents and older ones are old fashioned… They’ve got nothing to offer our present generation. But not Ruth. She obeyed Naomi’s counsel of where to go and glean. Even when she told her how to approach Boaz to make him take up his role as next kinsman, she simply obeyed. Another lady would have said, “That’s archaic ma’am. I know better how to get the attention of young men.” If she did it her way, she would have failed woefully. Boaz will see her as “other young women” and won’t be interested in marrying her. Humility and a teachable spirit will lift you up.
Ruth didn’t sit and wait for Naomi to go gather food for them. Although she came to a strange land, she was ready to go find her way, work, and get food for the family. She got her working boots, rolled up her sleeves and got into the farm to work. And she was favoured. It was even in that place of work that Boaz first noticed her.
Dear lady, the reward for laziness is poverty and loneliness. No one likes a lazy person. Don’t spend this season sleeping for 12 hours. Be productive. Learn an in-demand skill. Visit coursera.com, edx.com, fururelearn.com and equip your mind. Read books. Join telegram groups where you can get free books to read. Study the Bible. Pray. Visit Christian sites that will keep your soul on fire. Connect with those who will help you on the life path you want to go.
As you model the life of RUTH, you will walk out of this lonely lockdown period fruitful and strong.
The time to start acting is NOW!