I woke up this morning frustrated. I've been so disappointed in myself with some issues. I knew this was no morning for snoozing (even though I had just been asleep 5 hours when that alarm when blazing)-- I desperately needed prayer and the Word! So I got up, unaware that God was about to reveal some things to me...
What I realized (and really already knew) is that most of my frustrations are all rooted in a lack of self-control. So I proceeded to look up every verse that referenced self-control. I found many that had been taken out of context for years, but I also found many that I am clinging to with all my hope.
I was becoming more aware of this last week and I started to wear this ring as an outward reminder to myself to surrender this to Christ:
But by weeks end it had become just another accessory.
But this morning I longed for it to mean something, or find something else that would be a reminder to me of what the Lord was teaching me about self-control.
Y'all, I LOVE IT WHEN THE LORD DOES THIS...
The ring has inscribed on it Ruth 1:16, "For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
Realizing that I was about to stretch a scripture to meet my needs (taking it out of context), I double-checked the commentary to see what this was referring to.
The commentary sent me straight to 2 Corinthians 6:16, 7:1: "For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people... since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God."
I couldn't believe what I was reading. The ring that is now on my right hand is the perfect symbol to the commitment that I am making to the Lord-- that I would prepare myself as His temple-- body and spirit.
The other really sweet connection point with this ring is the fact that it talks about Ruth being willing to GO. GO has been the theme word of my life the past 6 months. It is so appropriate that the Lord would use that word to catch my attention. I want to GO wherever He leads... however He leads.