The First to Move (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 350)
Ruth 1:7 (NLT)
With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.
Everything we do and say is a reflection of who we really are. And no matter what roles we play in life, there is always someone, even if it is just one person, who is watching us and will be influenced for good or ill by the decisions we make and the directions we choose to take. All people are leaders in some capacity and it is important that we are aware of how we lead ourselves because there just might be one person who is following close behind.
Naomi made the decision to make the difficult move from Moab to Bethlehem. The trip was an arduous one which historians tell us would have taken anywhere between 7 to 10 days. They had to cross the river Jordan and climb over 2000 feet in elevation to reach the city of Bethlehem. This was no easy journey. It would have been much easier to stop short of Bethlehem and never even return. But Naomi didn’t do that; she continued on and pressed on until she got to where she was supposed to be.
When Naomi was in Moah, she was out of the Lord’s will and far from his presence. She had to get back to Bethlehem because that is where God’s provision and blessing was. Because Naomi was determinedly set on making the move back, Ruth, her daughter-in-law, decided to do the same. All it takes is one person to make the decision, one person to make the right choice, one person to make the first move. Sometimes, we fail to do what God has called us to do because we fear what other people think or are afraid that we may have to make the trek alone.
In our lives, however, God doesn’t want us to be concerned about that. We are presented with opportunities to reflect surrender and obedience and a willingness to turn around and follow in the divine path. Our trip from Moab to Bethlehem may just be the impetus for someone else to follow in God’s plan and path for them. Being the first to move is hard but it is in that example of trusting and choosing that we can lead others into faith and courage of the good and right path.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”