// I see the longing under the fear. I see it in your heart to finish the race with Me. I know if you just say yes again. Together we can make the longing reality. //

Let Me See Your Face: Jon Thurlow

He is faithful to provide a harvest in your season of drought.

We started last week with a series set about the types of wounds we can experience from the church in general. While discovering these wounds, they are not the only type. Let’s review!

1. The Paper Cut: I Left The Church

This is a wound that happens quickly, without warning. It causes a sting when you remember it’s there. However, it is soon forgotten.

2. The Burn

3. The Heart Attack

4. The Stroke

Our scripture reading this post is Ruth 2. It’s harvest time! Which means all the women would go to the field to collect the new season harvest. Now Ruth being the outsider doesn’t get first pickings. She gets the scraps. She’s looked down upon. Have you ever felt that way? The outsider? Looked at differently for your past?

Here we learn of a man named Boaz, he’s going to play a big part in our journey moving forward. He took notice of Ruth. He asked around who this woman was. He pursued her to know her more. She didn’t have to announce who she was. People knew. Growing up in a small town, I understand the “if it happened, everyone knows” mentality. Verse 6-7 is the response of the overwatch. As well as what action Ruth took. She stayed in the field of Boaz working from dawn to dusk with little rest.

When you work in excellence, people take notice. You stand out. Because you’re not willing to be status quo. She did not boast about the work she did in secret. But her reward was made public.

“that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”

‭‭Ruth‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Boaz saw the hard work Ruth put in. The struggle she came from & how she choose the hard road vs having everything handed to her. He honored her. He gave her more than scraps. She did not go without.

Later on, Ruth comes back to Naomi with her spoils for the day. It is then revealed who Boaz is in relation to their family. Naomi gives thanks to the Lord for being the provision in a time of need.

The Burn

This wound comes in variations. Just like a medical burn you have different degrees & levels of pain. There has to be a healing process. It’s not always easy, & can take time.

The season of harvest is invested by the power of teamwork. Just as the harvesters could not do it alone. Neither can we. We have to work together to get some treatment for our hurts. Not cause more pain.

I recently watched a setup & takedown of a church. It captured my gaze to observe. Every member with experience or not just came together to get the job done. Cords wrapped, curtains taken down, monitors moved, instruments stored; it was a process to work together hand in hand. There is honor in doing a good work in private. Many will never know who did what. But God saw the faithfulness of His servants. To do the hard work in secret.

We too have a teamwork that goes into our healing process. We have those who can see the cause. Those to diagnosis how bad it is. Those willing to care in the course of treatment. Those to help in the recovery. Those who can give testimony of what He has already done, that He may do it again. It takes a tribe to be held in accountability, & restoration.

You may be in a place where you’ve felt burned by a church. You may have been kicked, you may have been forgotten, you may have been let down, you may have been done wrong. Don’t let the injury define your relationship with Christ.

It may have taken time to form a relationship which you may have been burnt. There may be a time process to heal. It’s not always instant. You may also be left with an outward scar. Two things we must remember.

Don’t stop loving.

Don’t stop being loved.

Which leads us to next week. The heart of the matter. What happens when we invested it all, just to feel it all lost in the same. Join us, you won’t want to miss.

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