Jackie is a dog whisperer. She calls herself a dog trainer, but if you watch this four-foot, eleven-inch woman handle a 150-pound dog, you’d know what I mean. I wanted Jackie to help me train our five-month-old puppy, but I couldn’t find her. I’d searched my emails and phoned where she used to work before running out of leads.
I do interior design work on the side. Every time I planned to visit the seamstress, something interfered. On a whim, I called another gal. On the way to her workroom, I again thought of Jackie. Imagine my curiosity when I spied a simple sign next door to the new seamstress’s shop that read “Dog Trainer.” A smaller sign in the window read “Jackie’s Dog Training.” Could it be the Jackie?
I marvel at my fruitless attempts to find her, my thwarted efforts to enroll in other dog training classes, and the nudges to go to a different seamstress. God had not let my yearning for Jackie die. It took a while, but at the right time, he connected our paths.
The mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility dances through Scripture. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9 NASB). In ballroom dance, each dancer is responsible for his or her own steps. The man’s role is to lead the dance. The woman’s role is to follow. A subtle touch is enough to direct an experienced dancer. A new dancer might need a quick pull to avoid colliding with another couple on the dance floor.The mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility dances through Scripture. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9 NASB). #RefreshingFaith Click To Tweet
Walking with God is a divine waltz of faith. It’s not our job to lead. Our role is to stay aware of our partner and follow His lead.
God uses our needs to direct our steps. I was reminded of this when fifty robins descended upon my five holly trees and devoured the red berries.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Matt. 6:26).
God supplied the berries, but hunger drove the birds to search for them.
Faith doesn’t mean idleness. Industry builds character and brings satisfaction. Able bodies that refuse to work sabotage their own character and happiness. Faith leads to action. When Ruth and Naomi needed food God used this ordinary need to accomplish His divine plan (Ruth 2).
Let the Dance Begin
Boaz allowed the poor to glean his fields. He was also related to Elimelech (Naomi’s husband). This made him a candidate to marry Ruth and buy Elimelech’s land from Naomi. But how would this wealthy landowner and poor widow ever meet?
I love how the New American Standard version puts it: Ruth “happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech” (Ruth 2:3). And Boaz just happened to be captivated by her!
Boaz strode into his field with a heart bigger than Texas. Imagine working for a boss who blessed you when he checked on your progress.
Ruth probably didn’t sense God’s invisible lead that day. If she felt drawn to Boaz’s field, she couldn’t have imagined what awaited her. God used something as ordinary as hunger to direct Ruth to Boaz. He rewarded Boaz’s generosity to the poor with an introduction to Ruth. Simple needs, a gentle prompting, and voilà—the hand of God.
*An excerpt from Little Women, Big God.
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