Happy Tuesday, friends! Welcome to yet another GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up party! Next week things will be a little different, as I will start a series on reading and studying the Bible. First, we will be talking about different Bible translations and how they matter (if they matter). If there are any questions or things you would like to be answered about studying the Bible, you are more than welcome to leave a comment or email me.
After the series on Bible study, we will move on to prayer. I am excited to start uncovering these a little bit with you!
God Knows Your Whole Story
I saw these words, etched to the margins of my Bible. “God knows the whole story, not just a part. He knows your whole story, too.
I have used this same Bible for my morning devotions for several years now, finding it the best plan to read the whole Bible in a year every year. While I don’t like to mark my actual Bible, this one I write in and underline. It holds a few years worth of notes on the margins – not on every page, no. But some pages hold words that I have found important. Words that have spoken to my heart.
This morning, these words spoke to my heart once again. Right there, at the end of the story of Ruth. We all know the story of Ruth for the hope that it holds. After losing everything, Ruth chooses to stay with her mother-in-law and go to a foreign country, in the midst of foreign people. She is a Moabitess, and therefore not exactly welcome. Still, she works hard to be able to feed herself and her mother-in-law. Then, the Lord shows her favor and she meets Boaz. Eventually, her life is completely changed.
There once again, I saw the hope woven into the story. How there were so many points to the journey that could have discouraged Ruth. I would have understood if she chose to go back to her own land, to her own people. Yet, she persevered. She held fast, no matter how hard it got.
So often, I get discouraged. I look at the parts that I am holding, forgetting they are parts of a whole. Instead, I just see parts and figure that is all I will ever get. But that is not true. My story is a whole one, not just made up of parts. Though I see the present and the past, God sees the whole. He knows my story, the whole story. He sees it all, He holds it all, and He guides me accordingly.
So today, friend? I don’t know what you are going through right now. I don’t know what this season holds for you. But trust God that He knows the whole story, not just this part. He will watch over you, take care of you, and love you forever.
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