Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”…. (Ruth 3:18).
Have you ever had to give a dream back to God? I have. Maybe a desire, hope or expectation? Yep, that’s been me too. It is devastating when we hold within our hands the blessing that we love and God asks us to give them back. I imagine Abraham felt similar as he and Isaac climbed Mt. Sinai.
Now, here is Boaz, a man in love, but he must give Ruth back to God because there is a redeemer closer than he. Can you imagine the turmoil he must have been dealing with? Many of us would have been so paranoid that God would not give us anything good back that we’d hold on tightly and not be able to let it go.
Boaz could have said, “Forget the other kinsman, I’ll make you my wife!” But he was a man of integrity who honored God and the law of Moses. Boaz trusted God, even if that meant, he never got Ruth back. Sometimes, in our limited understanding, what we see in front of us feels like the only possibility, but God is not limited by that. He’s a whole lot bigger than that.
I feel like God is putting me in this place where I have to keep giving my dreams back. It’s a place where He’s working things out so beautiful I wouldn’t believe it. There are times when I still daydream about my life wanting it to be different.
A couple of weeks ago I allowed negativity and discontentment to enter into my heart. That’s when my heart started to stray as I started to focus on what I didn’t have instead of what I do have in this present season.
There is so much God is doing in my life. There is much to be thankful for. However, I’m finding that there’s something within my heart that is having a difficult time fully embracing the place where God has put me.
As we give our dreams back to God, He reshapes them in His way and for His greater good and glory. I believe that I really do. Sometimes, I just get hit with unbelief, fear, and discouragement. I think we’ve all been there, in places of wondering when and if God will pull through. Whenever we allow our hearts to be directed by fear, insecurity, anger or discontentment we should stop ourselves and repent. We will never make God-centered decisions in the midst of a chaotic heart.
God’s love and joy must be the fuel that guides our hearts towards Godly contentment. In the tension of waiting with God, we can have joy in our hearts, knowing He is a good Father who loves to shower good gifts on His children.
Lord, I submit myself to you. My dreams, hopes, passions and desires, they all belong to you. Jesus, I have everything I need in you. Be the delight of my heart. I entrust every good gift I have ever held in my hands or desired to hold to you. You are good and I can trust you, in Jesus name, Amen.