December 27, 2012

“Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Ruth 2:8-9

One of my favorite characters in the animated movie “The Incredibles” is the little boy on the tricycle. I can relate to his desire to see the amazing in this clip: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFsFiDRwPqc )


Who isn’t waiting for something amazing?  I love to be amazed.

I think that our ability to be amazed is an incredible gift from God. We were created to appreciate the amazing. We are the only creatures who can even be amazed. Polar bears don’t sit in wonderment at the northern lights – humans do.  The lions of the Serengeti don’t congratulate each other for the perfect pounce and kill – humans routinely give sustained standing ovations for exceptional performances. An eagle has never done a triple, twisting, back-flip fish dive for the score cards of his friends – humans have created entire sports based on the adage, “look at what I can do”.

Mankind is the only one who appreciates the amazing and the only one who is willing to wait for it. The problem arises when we cast aside the ordinary in anticipation of the extraordinary.  Our appetite for the amazing can diminish the importance of the daily. I have known many who so wish to be part of something big that they refuse to take part in the little. They hunger for the amazing and don’t realize that they are sustained by grazing on the daily.

Nicolas Poussin - Summer (Ruth and Boaz) - WGA...

Nicolas Poussin – Summer (Ruth and Boaz) – WGA18342 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Often, we forget that the amazing comes out of being  faithful daily to the small things. Boaz was faithful in a very small way by allowing Ruth to glean in his field.  This was how the Israelites took care of the poor.  The wealthy farmers allowed the poor to glean in their fields after their laborers harvested the crop. Our modern equivalent is helping out or donating to a food kitchen or other mercy ministries of your Church.  Boaz was faithful in the small thing of showing compassion to the poor by even allowing gleaners in his field. In being faithful in a small compassionate way, Boaz became part of the most amazing story ever.  He became part of the line of the Messiah – he played a role in God’s redemptive plan. That is extraordinary.  Boaz would have missed out on this amazing opportunity if he had refused to be faithful in the small things.  The small things matter.  Jesus told us the small things are of consequence:

“And he said to him, “Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.” Luke 19:16

We should never be foolish enough to think that the little things do not matter. It is in the kernels of the little things that the amazing grows.  Let’s not let our pride keep us from helping the poor, widows, and orphans; teaching a class of two; praying and reading our Bibles with kids; telling our friends and family about answered prayer and our amazing God; cleaning, folding, carrying, hammering, fixing at our local Church or mercy ministry; giving money, giving time; speaking a word of encouragement; writing a blog that few will read; and a thousand other small things.18056_280501317275_1735837_a

If you are faithful in these small things, you just might have the privilege of being part of what you were created to behold – the amazing glory of God Almighty.  Maybe, we will have the opportunity to sit back when God has done His amazing work and proclaim, “That was totally RIGHTEOUS”.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for being aware of the small things.  Thank you for caring about the small things.   Lord, forgive me for looking down, in my pride, upon small things that you have given me today.  Lord, wean me off of my appetite for the amazing.  Thank you for doing amazing things but help me to be content in your daily sustaining grace. Your grace is enough for me.  Lord, may my faithfulness in the very little things that you have given me to do, be a pleasing fragrance to you.   Amen


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  2. I enjoyed your post; thanks for sharing. It is somethings easy to miss the simple acts of faith. But I do find everyday life amazing. Just waking up to a new day. I’m amazed with the early morning fog, or the red and blue hues at sunset. One morning as I was driving the interstate to work, the trees along the side of the road still had fog between them and the sun was shining from on the other side through the trees and fog and it was soooo beautiful. It looked just like what my imagination would think of as the glory of the Lord shining through. I just had to give praise to God for the beauty he surrounds us with.

    • Amen! You are absolutely right. If we would only look around us, we would never pray, “God where are you”. He has given us an amazing word that shouts his glory.
      God Bless!

  3. For some reason, the title immediately made me think of the poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, I am Waiting. It includes the line, perhaps refrain, “And I am waiting/ for a rebirth of wonder.” I love that line. Excellent post!

    • I had never read that poem before so I looked it up. It is very nice, thanks for mentioning it. I really like the line, “I am waiting
      for the Grapes of Wrath to be stored”. That sure would be nice.
      Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Our pastor recently did a series on Ruth and Boaz, such a great story!

    • I agree; It is an excellent and revealing story. There is so much depth to it.
      God Bless!

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