Are you a single woman who has never married or is now a widow due to the loss of your husband? If so, then you probably experience a feeling of loneliness at times. The change can be difficult when you are used to having someone around on a daily basis, spending quality time, watching TV and sharing dinner together. Going to the movies may just be out of the question without someone to accompany you. But wait, don’t give up now, hold on, for God knows what you need even before you ask. He will give you the desires of your heart. Don’t be dismayed or discouraged for these things could cause you to settle in a relationship that is wavering and unstable with no growth, simply because you’re lonely.
On the contrary, there are different kinds of loneliness. While having someone around every day or even being in a lifelong marriage or relationship, you could still experience a deep, pervasive type of loneliness. Furthermore, being isolated can have a serious detrimental effect on one’s mental and physical health. Some may feel that it is necessary to have an intimate bond in order to be happy, while not everyone wants a romantic partner. Just being in the company of someone from time to time may be satisfying enough. Other things such as relocating to a new city where you don’t know anyone, and seeing unfamiliar faces often could cause loneliness. Perhaps you may share a different faith than your friends, and you’re not comfortable sharing certain thoughts of your religion with them. Sometimes finding it hard to connect with others about the things that are important to you may cause loneliness as well. If you are yearning for that romantic partner or perhaps you are in a relationship but do not feel a sincere connection between the individual and yourself, then it may not be a bad idea to “free yourself.” You may find that it is better to be lonely than to be in a relationship and still be lonely. Women, we must wait on the Lord; wait for your Boaz. Being single does not mean that we are not of any value to society; it simply means that we are patient in our choices. We must not get so caught up in overcoming loneliness that we forget our self-worth. Loneliness can occur, both inside or outside of a relationship. We need to surround ourselves with like-minded people who share our same “special interests.” These people will make time for you while others may have a full schedule. Adopt a pet or a dog and go walking, talk to senior citizens; they have plenty of wisdom, time and advice to share. We must take full responsibility for our happiness.
The story of Ruth and Boaz is a perfect example of the way God’s redemption worked in the Biblical Days. He included the practice of it in His instructions to the Israelites. In doing so, He explained His role as Father of all people and His desire to redeem family members and the entire creation, while restoring them fully in a relationship to Him and to each other.
Ruth volunteered her services in the fields not knowing that day would be a special one for her. She worked diligently gleaning behind the harvesters. As it turned out, the field in which she worked belonged to Boaz, who later became the love of her life. God will place you in the right place at the right time to claim your prize. It was no mistake that these two met. As the story unfolds, we realize that it is about more than just a love story between two people, yet about God’s love for mankind. He wants to give us the desire of our hearts, but sometimes it takes patience and faith. What God does for others, He will do the same for you and me.