I was in full swing of a, ‘What about me, It isn’t fair’ moment, when I drove past a car accident.
Reference: v.11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The other day I left work in a rather bad mood. I had worked overtime for what seemed to be the 700th day in a row, I had not had time for lunch, so I was absolutely starving, and my mind was still spinning from all the things I was yet to do for the rest of the day. Needless to say, I was fairly grumpy as I drove down the road. I was in full swing of a, ‘What about me, It isn’t fair’ moment, when I drove past a car accident. There was an ambulance and a police car at the scene, and while no one seemed to have been hurt, I thought of all the hassle it is to be involved in such a situation. Further down the road I saw a man who was visually impaired walking down the street rather cautiously with a white cane. These two different scenes that I drove past brought a significant thought to my mind, “You have a lot to be thankful for, Linda!” It was true. While my day at work had been slightly harrowing, I really love my job and am so blessed by where I work. It just took a car accident and a visually impaired man to help shake me from my selfish wallowing.
Application: One person who certainly did not wallow in her situation was Ruth. Ruth had everything going against her. She was a widow, she had no children to support her, she had moved to a foreign land, and she had bound herself to an older woman who had no possessions to cater for their daily needs. And yet she didn’t wallow in her challenges. She was proactive in finding herself a job, as well as taking care of the needs of her mother-in-law. I still have a lot to learn from Ruth. It’s okay to acknowledge when things are not going perfectly in our lives, however, we must not let our difficult situations shape our future. We all have the power, through Christ, to prevail and God desires for us to prosper through our situations.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when our difficult circumstances cause us to just focus on ourselves. Help us to build perseverance in our lives. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.