“Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was….”
Ruth 1: 7
King James Version
“Get Up And Go”
“It is not theology that makes a (woman) of valour what (she) is, but ‘plodology’!”
“Plod” – To move and walk. To act or work steadily. To trudge heavily along slowly and over and over again.
Is God calling me to “go forth” for Him?
What’s stopping me?
“Christ wants not nibblers at the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.”
C. T. Studd
“When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for it is just the time and the place the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mary Kathlyn Wagner was born on May 12, 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas. In 1939, she became a sales person for the Stanley Home Products Company. She was so terrific at her job that another company, World Gifts, hired her in 1952. She worked for this firm for over 10 years. After being repeatedly passed over for promotions because she was a woman, she decided to create her own business at the age of 45 and with an initial investment of just $5,000. With the help of her son, Richard Rogers, she opened a small store in Dallas, Texas where she had nine sales people working for her. Today, more than 1.6 million sales people work for the well-known cosmetic company she founded, Mary Kay, Inc.
Mary Kay believed in the golden rule and operated her life and business by the motto: God first, family second and career third.
I love one of the quotes Mary Kay Ash is famous for, which states, “You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.” And with God by your side, I’ll add that even a large elephant looming before you doesn’t have to impede your way.
Several days ago, as we began our study on the elements that are necessary for change in our lives, we found that “change,” itself, is not easy. It can be just like eating an elephant. But as we discovered yesterday, with heavenly endurance inspiring every fiber of our body, nothing appears too intimidating or threatening.
Our study in Ruth, has given us the information that Naomi, after hearing God had provided bread in Bethlehem, “Went forth out of the place where she was.” In the Hebrew, the words “went forth,” are used together as a phrase that means basically the same thing. However, there’s a large variety of ways this expression can be used. I’d like to share several of these variations with you because they directly apply to our story today. “Went forth” can mean, “escaped.” It’s easy to believe Naomi may well have felt as though she was escaping from a place, the land of Moab, where bad things had dogged her trail like a bloodhound. Another meaning of the phrase, “went forth,” is to be “plucked out.” For Naomi, it was as though God came to her rescue and plucked her out of Moab. Last, but certainly not least, “went forth,” can also mean, “sent with the command.” I like this particular definition of the words “went forth” because as we have more clearly come to understand, Naomi had been listening for God’s call, and when she heard that God had provided bread for His children in Bethlehem, Naomi made the decision that no matter how difficult it was to change – she was determined to move.
I appreciate the words of the incredible Helen Keller who noted: “You will find joy in overcoming obstacles.” If Mary Kay Ash had made this statement she might have said that eating an elephant, one small bite at a time, isn’t so difficult after all.
When my little nephew, Alton, who is 22-months-old began to learn to walk, he had some difficulty, as most babies do, finding stability as he took his first few steps. Author Pam Brown had this to say in describing how a young child learns to walk. “The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy – and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You’ll make the sofa in the end.”
Naomi made the determined decision that no matter what elephant was in her way, she’d pack up and keep walking for God had a big surprise waiting for her in Bethlehem – The House of Bread. There was a sofa in Bethlehem where she could find rest.
“In darkness and in light,
in trouble and joy,
help us, heavenly Father,”
“O God, who am I now?
Once, I was secure
in familiar territory
in my sense of belonging,
now You have called
me out and away and I
do not know where you
I am empty, unsure
uncomfortable, I have
only a beckoning star to follow.
pitch Your tent with
mine so that I may
not become deterred by
hardship, strangeness, doubt.
Show me the movement I must
make toward a wealth not
dependent on possessions,
toward a wisdom not based on books,
toward a strength not bolstered by might,
toward a God not confined to heaven.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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