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Ordinary Days

December 3, 2017

A Desk in an Office (“Schreibtisch”), Photo by User:Mattes

Most of our days are ordinary ones.  We go into the office, meet with clients, deal with vendors and personnel issues.  We return phone calls; respond to faxes and emails.

We fight traffic and the never ending battle with paperwork; reply to motions; attempt to schedule depositions.

We become experts on obscure statutes; review police reports and medical records – some dry, some so horrific we could never have imagined ourselves dealing with them.  All in the course of our ordinary days.

A few of us try cases, and have the scars to show for it.  Rarely though can any of us know the full impact of our lives.

So, too, with Ruth.  A pagan, Ruth chose to follow her widowed mother-in-law back to Judah.  Once there, Ruth’s days were occupied working in the fields.  No one could have predicted, when she married Boaz, that Ruth would become the great-grandmother of King David.

She had already entered the lineage of the Messiah.

Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers.  And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz… ” (Ruth 2:3).

Lord Jesus, we labor in Your fields, unaware of what fruit our efforts may yield.  Pour your grace out on our ordinary days, that there may be a great harvest.


Originally posted 7/17/12


  1. G’day Anna, 3 things..

    People still respond to faxes? lol
    Ruth is an awesome book, Boaz is the man! &
    I really like your prayer, did not see that coming but Amen.

    Thanks for sharing Anna, have an awesome start to your week

  2. Amen, Anna.

  3. My pastor was just telling us this morning that we were created to love, to have an impact on others. I’ve heard it said many times Anna, that little is much when God is in the mix. Sometimes when we least expect it, God will take some small thing we’ve done and use it to impact others in ways we could never have imagined.

    Blessings to you my friend.

    • Thank you, Ron. I wholeheartedly agree. When we seek to achieve on the basis of our own strength alone, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. The problems of the world are too complex and too profound for any one individual to solve. Any one individual, that is, but Jesus Christ. We can make a way in the most intractable waste, that we cannot. Ultimately, our hope rests in Him.

      Blessings to you, too, my friend.

  4. Great post Anna.. Ruth is such an inspiring account of redemption..

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