God in the mix
'Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay.' Ruth (1.16)
Baking bread can be one of the most rewarding things to do in the kitchen - the action of kneading the dough, the shaping of a loaf, the smell of the bread as it cooks, and of course... eating it when it comes out of the oven! I once made bread but forgot a crucial ingredient - the yeast. Perhaps you can guess what happened....? What came out of the oven was far from the light, fluffy, soft treat that I was expecting...
Such a small thing to forget, but so important. Without it, it was impossible to produce the end result I wanted. And it was so east to miss! Once I got mixing and kneading, the dough looked just the same as it normally does, when the yeast is there but you can't see it doing its job.
The story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz doesn't actually mention God very much. But that doesn't mean he's not there, in the mix. The characters in the story reflect God's loyalty, faithfulness and generosity. Circumstances unfold, revealing God's provision and plans for his people.
You might not have noticed God at work in the mix of your life.
Stop and think for a moment - where might he be revealing himself and directing your path?