Have you ever felt like you were at the right place, at the right time to meet the right people for a specific purpose? I remember many occasions when I was involved in something seemingly insignificant at the time. It was only at a much later date when an insignificant event may result in something of greater significance. That is when I generally realise what God was doing at the time. There have been times when you felt like making a small move. It did not make sense at the time but you went along with the inner witness. It was only later when these small acts produced something of greater significance when you realised what God was doing.
Let us consider the story of Ruth and Naomi. Naomi was widowed in the country of Moab and she also lost her two sons. Their wives survived them and when Naomi decided to return to her country, she told them to return to their families. One of the daughter in laws returned but Ruth insisted on staying with Naomi. Ruth returned with Naomi to her home town in Bethlehem. She served Naomi when she returned and collected grain from the field of Boaz who was a relative of Naomi (Ruth 1; 2).
Boaz was impressed by Ruth’s service to her mother in law and she found favour with him. In the end, Boaz married Ruth and she produced a son. Ruth’s son formed part of the genealogy of David from whose line Jesus was born. Ruth’s decision to follow her mother in law may have seemed whimsical at the time. Her desire may have been born out of a wish to serve Naomi and she did not want her to return home alone.
In the end, Ruth’s decision to go along with her mother in law to support her, strategically positioned her at the right place, at the right time to meet the man of her destiny. God is in control and when we trust him and follow his leading, he will order our steps. God will cause the right people, resources and opportunities to come to us at the right time. Stay in faith and follow his leading. Don’t rely on your own strength but trust in God to align your steps.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23).