“We are on the cusp…” announced CNN yesterday. A presidential decision is soooo close and not quite yet.
- Perhaps some of us like Elimelech in chapter one of the book of Ruth, have thought about fleeing to Canada, a neighboring country with similar language and heritage. That is how we can best care for our loved ones. Fleeing circumstantial danger may be a good option in political chaos, abuse, or severe temptation.
- Returning to our roots, to something that might be more familiar as Naomi chose to do after the death of her husband and two sons in the foreign country ten years later, might promise a potential solution. Yes, I have heard the young adult plea to come home until finances can be consolidated, a new beginning envisioned, and life kick started again. Orpah chooses to return to her family. Self-care is crucial.
- The last option we see in chapter one is the route Ruth chose. Freed to return home by Naomi, Ruth chooses to align herself with Naomi and Naomi’s God. Without reading too much into this story, I suspect that Ruth’s decision was impacted not only by the circumstantial factors she could see in the fog as she stood at the point of decision but she reached inside herself to the core values she wanted to guide her life.
“We are on the cusp…” and like the people who lived in the book of Ruth, we have been impacted by circumstances beyond our control. They did not choose famine or death of a loved one. We do not choose when presidential elections will take place and cannot control the outcome. We do not choose illness. We do not choose Alzheimer’s. We do not choose car accidents. The circumstances surrounding our lives confront us with choices about caring for others and caring for ourselves. It appears half our country will rejoice and half our country will grieve and the answer may not come quickly.
When I have had to dig deep inside myself to seek direction as I stand at the crossroads. I search my soul asking what sort of person I want to become because of my choice. I often remember 1 Peter 5:6-8, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” May we choose a path that avoids violence and navigates care for our brothers and care for ourselves as we face the circumstances impacting us. Blessings.