She came home that first day with about a 5-gallon bucket’s worth of wheat. It was definitely a lot. It was about two weeks worth of work. A great deal of this came from the two bushels that Boaz left out for her. However, she worked hard. She earned it. Yet, she didn’t treat herself. She didn’t go home with a big old bag full of grain and run into the market to buy food. She didn’t go on a little shopping trip. She went home. And she ate leftovers from lunch with her mother-in-law.
Sometimes, we’ve got to learn to think about the bigger picture. Can you imagine the joy and the ideas that came into these women’s minds when they saw how much they had made that day? I’m sure Ruth spent a good portion of her walk home looking at all that grain thinking what she could do with it, what she would buy, and what she had achieved. She probably wanted to celebrate. She did though. She went home. She ate leftovers. She went back to work the next morning.
We often get short-sighted when it comes to our decisions. We blow money now, not thinking about retirement. We enjoy now, not worry about having later. We indulge now, not thinking about future consequences. One of the reason’s Ruth’s story is so great is because she had a long-term vision for what she wanted and didn’t let anything get in the way of that. She didn’t get distracted by anything. She knew what she had to do and she did it.
What’s distracting you from your goals? What’s keeping you from where God wants you to be? Take some time today and ask God to refocus you on his greater purpose.