Our second week of Bible study was a tender night. We imagined the scene as Ruth and Naomi packed up all their worldly goods, left Moab and began walking toward Bethlehem. Were they fearful? Did the loads they carried become heavy the farther they traveled? Did they become weary, tired, and wonder if they would ever get there? The closer Naomi got to Bethlehme, did she think of all she had lost during her years in Moab? And how would she explain to the towns folk at home who she was now? Did she wonder why? Why has this happened to me? Why has God done this? And did she wonder, “Is there anyone out there?”
The first song on Kelly Minter’s companion CD Loss, Love & Legacy asks the same question, “Is there anyone out there?” I’ve wondered it myself. Haven’t we all? When the frustrations of life pile up on us, when trouble comes unexpectedly, when the journey is hard, when we are so devastated that we fall in a puddle on the floor – we wonder if there is anyone out there.
The truth is there is Someone – Someone who walks every rocky path with us, One who is our companion all along each thorny road. He is familiar with the way because He has walked before us. “In this world you shall have tribulation,” He said. “Don’t be afriad. I have overcome the world.” He has already been there and has won the victory over it all. He will go with you. Yes, there is Somebody out there. His names is Jesus.
Kelly Minter CD
On Wednesday, September 15, a group of us women from Little Flock begin a journey with Ruth and Naomi, Old Testament characters who will be our companions for several weeks. Their lives will reflect our own, in spite of the thousands of years that separate us. We will gather in an upper room and open our Bibles. Hopefully we will also open our hearts to one another. Some parts of the journey may be hard. Afterall, the Word is sharper than a two-edged sword. Opening old wounds can be painful, but it is the only way for healing to be complete.
The dear sisters who meet for Bible study will be old friends and new soon-to-be-friends. I will learn to love them all and pray for them. I will look joyfully for them each week as we climb the stairs to the upper room. I hope we smile and laugh. I hope we share our insights from the study each week. I even hope we shed a few tears along the way. Tears are therapy. But mostly, I hope we find spending time with Jesus each day is our vital necessity, something we simply cannot do without.
Our study guide is by Kelly Minter, Ruth: Loss, Love, Legacy. I love her writings and her songs already. She has much to tell, and we will learn by taking this trip together.
Ruth, Loss, Love, Legacy
Tomorrow we prepare for the journey. We set our eyes toward the goal. We will examine legacy. What will we leave behind for others when we are gone? That, my dear sister, is the question to ponder. Selah (pause and think about it)!