I didn’t get very far in my bible study today. As it turned out, I only needed to read the first three verses of Ruth 2 for the Lord to speak. The four simple words…as it turned out…deeply impacted my heart today. Immediately, I grabbed my prayer journal and begin to write and pray and thank God for all the “as it turned out” moments in my life.
As it turned out, as I began to write, Chris Tomlin’s song “Where you go, I’ll go. Where you stay I’ll stay” played on Slacker Radio. Wow! Talk about God’s divine timing. In case you didn’t catch how awesome that is let me explain. This song is based on the book of Ruth! In this book of the bible there are three women who have recently buried their husbands, Naomi (the mother-in-law) and her two daughter-in-laws (Ruth and Orpah). Naomi decides to travel back to her homeland and she tries to convince her daughters-in-law to stay behind with their own family. Orpah agrees to stay. However, Ruth says in verse 1:16 “Where you go I will go, Where you stay, I will stay”
The fact that God is speaking to my heart about “as it turned out” moments in the book of Ruth while a song is playing about the book of Ruth is almost too much for me! I can’t sit still! I lift my hands up and offer praises in my PJs.
I don’t believe in luck. Nor do I believe in coincidence.
“Coincidence is a miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.”- Unknown
I do believe in God’s Divine Orchestration for our lives.
Today is the anniversary of the day I met my husband. We met at a wedding 18 years ago. As it turned out, my friend married his friend and we were both at the wedding. As it turned out, we were both in Roanoke only for the weekend. This cute beach boy, asked me out, as it turned out, I said ‘Yes.” As it turned out, we would continue our long distance relationship for four years. As it turned out, cute beach boy proposed and I said ‘Yes!’
All these “as it turned out” moments were not luck, nor coincidence. These moments were divinely orchestrated by God. Anytime we are prompted to think, “as it turned out, just then, it just so happened, or by luck” We need to remember this isn’t luck, this is God prompting us to acknowledge His invisible hand in our life.
I could continue with “as it turned out” moments in my life. Some moments are good, other moments started out bad, but God used them for good. “That is why we can be sure that in every detail of our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:28 Message version)
I like what Kelly Minter author of “Ruth; Loss, Love & Legacy” says about having a “just then” moment (page 53).
“When you walk through the dark, things can seem mysterious and God distant. Until you have a “just then” moment when God suddenly passes through a curtain,
and you begin to recognize that
not only is He suddenly there, but also that He has never left.”
May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:12