“Then she said, ‘Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.’” Ruth 3:18
I remember my father telling this story about the time when he got his first pair of glasses.
It was probably the early 1950’s and he was just a boy living in rural Indiana with my grandparents. It had become obvious from his strained efforts to read that he was in need of corrective lenses so he’d been taken to an eye doctor, his eyes were examined, his prescription for lenses determined, frames selected and the glasses ordered.
These were not the days of one hour lenses. It was more likely to be a number of weeks between that office visit and when the glasses would finally arrive in the mail.
My dad remembers that package coming in the mail. He was the one that had gotten the mail from the mail box that day and as he saw that package and realized that it was his glasses he couldn’t wait to walk to the house to open it up and try them on. Oh, no. Right there on the side of the road he tore into that box and put his new glasses on for the first time. That was also the first time he’d ever really seen tree’s, and his house and the roof of the barn. He said that until that day he’d never realized that tree limbs branch out into such tiny little twigs before.
Boaz, when it came to settling the matter of his marriage to Ruth, was as impatient as any child when a package has come for them in the mail.
Naomi’s prediction was right on the mark, “…the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”
Jesus, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit, are no less anxious to have the sin separating them from us obliterated. Believers are understandably uncomprehending of the effort that heaven must exert in order to save as many as possible while never trampling on the rights of anyone to choose their own course of living and at the same time so wrap up our worlds experience with sin that no person, on any world, anywhere in the universe, ever in the rest of eternity, chooses to sin again.
It all takes time and Jesus, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit, have been tireless in their labors to be reunited with us. Even more than Boaz desired Ruth God desires us. He yearns for us and he will not rest until the matter is concluded.