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Scattered Blessings

It almost looks like Carl is praying. I know that dogs can’t pray but if he could, I am sure he would ask God for us to stay home more and not leave him alone. Ever since we picked him up from the doggy resort, Carl has been very clingy. When left for a couple of hours, I have returned to shredded magazines, rearranged furniture, and blankets scattered across the floor.

Carl clearly doesn’t like to be left alone and I can understand these feelings. I do like having some alone time but after a couple of hours of being by myself, I yearn for the companionship of my husband or other close friends or family.

As I have been reading the book of Ruth, I have become more amazed by how God desires to fill our lives with rich relationships, even when we think He isn’t interested in meeting this need.  Naomi must have felt angry at God for allowing her husband and two sons to die, leaving her a widow in a strange land.  Ten years earlier, the whole family packed up and moved away from Bethlehem and headed to Moab. Elimelek, Naomi’s husband had heard that the famine wasn’t so bad in Moab and believed he was doing what was best for his family.  But over time, it became clear that this was a fatal decision.

After Naomi buried her last family member, she knew in her heart that she needed to return to Bethlehem where she could die among her kin. Both of her daughter-in –laws started the journey with her but one turned back. Naomi pleaded with the other, Ruth, to go back to her family. But she didn’t.

Many question why this young widow would leave everyone she knew to follow this old woman to a strange land. What could Ruth gain from this relationship? As we read further, the answer becomes crystal clear. This woman was seeking the God that Naomi worshipped. A God full of mercy and grace that could only be found by going with Naomi to Bethlehem.

Neither Naomi nor Ruth knew the blessings that God would pour out but after returning to Bethlehem, they immediately began to experience them. Ruth just happened to go into the field of Naomi’s close relative Boaz and glean the grain that was left on the ground. He noticed her and she him. And over time, they married and had a son. Ruth lived her life with a loving husband and Naomi had a new family.

But the coolest part of this story has to do with what comes later. You see because Ruth had the faith to go to a strange land with her mother-in-law, God blessed her by allowing her to be a part of the lineage to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Matthew 1 only two women are mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy, Rahab, a prostitute who married Boaz’s father and Ruth. Neither women were Jewish but both had incredible faith.

I am so thankful that this short little book is in the Bible. As a woman, it reassures me that God loves me and truly wants me to have great relationships. It also encourages me to develop a deeper faith and place myself in God’s will.

Hopefully, over time, when the house is quiet and we are away, Carl will realize that he is loved and we will never leave him for long. But until then, I will be willing to pick up the shredded magazines and rearrange the furniture.IMG_0134

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

One thought on “Scattered Blessings

  1. Thank you for the reminder about the relationship between Ruth and Naomi. Before my accident, all I wanted was to be alone and to feel somehow “independent” on my own. Now the opposite is true! I love the pictures of sweet Carl.

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