TODAY'S EMBER: "May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord . . . under whose wings you have come for refuge." (Ruth 2:12)
TO PONDER: As we saw yesterday, Boaz recognizes Ruth for who she is. It isn't her amazing record as a gleaner that prompts him to say this. It's her love for Naomi and her willingness to do what needs to be done. He really gets her and what she's about. When was the last time somebody saw who you really are? Maybe even before you saw it? While Maeryn and Papa (my husband, her grandfather) should not be left unsupervised with an American Express card in the mall, he does get who she is -- that she can wear pink Hello Kitty cowgirl boots with that prairie dress. Who sees the "deeds" you do that don't even seem like a big deal to you? Are they God-things -- rather than, as RACHEL decribes it, a letter at the top of a paper a teacher returns to you? What do you really think the Lord rewards you for? First place, A+, high score -- or something less tangible?
FAN IT TO FLAME: First find those divine wings and take some time to be still under them. Even just twenty minutes of taking refuge can calm your soul enough to sense what God sees in you. Then let some "deed" you do today match that. Smiling at somebody who doesn't get smiled at a lot. Learning for the satisfaction of it, instead of for the grade. Dancing for the joy of it. Looking for a postive instead of making the sarcastic (albeit funny) remark.
And may the Lord reward you for your deeds.