Outside the Lines

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The insistence upon figuring things out must be intricately woven into our DNA. With years and years of study, we have figured out the flawless design of our bodies and written out a headache of formulas all saying, We figured it out!!

It’s a process of dictation. We call a pattern, put it on paper and call it fact. As a music student in college, I did quite a bit of dictation. We would listen to a passage of music and write out the melody and chords on staff paper. Once we had it written out, we would analyze the chord progression and sometimes predict what might follow based on typical progressions of that composer or period. All this may have trained our musical ear and made us feel accomplished, but the intangible passion of music is found nowhere in those scribbled out chords.

We call a pattern like it’s the end all be all. Thankfully, our Creator doesn’t stick to the parameters. He picks up our broken, discarded crayons and colors the most lovely picture outside the lines.

Let us not forget,

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)

God literally spoke creation into existence. What a voice! Every moment of life is sustained by him and exists for him, so I think I’m gonna pay real close attention to what he has to say.

As I’ve considered this Boaz character and the blueprint he provides for Christ in our own lives, it has really clicked like never before how wholly and irrevocably we have been redeemed to the identity and inheritance made available through Jesus.

On a night not unlike many he had experienced as a property owner, our man of honor forgoes the comfort of his own home to keep watch over the painstakingly harvested grain. He is sleeping with one eye open, ready to bolt upright at any moment lest someone dare lay hands on all that he and his workers have cultivated.

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

Startled awake by an unforeseen presence at his feet, Boaz discovers Ruth, who has kicked it up a few notches from sweaty-worker-girl status. Whispers ensue as Ruth acknowledges the identity of Boaz and the role he could potentially play as her redeemer. Does he answer by saying, “Well, Ruth, let’s look at the facts here. Alright, definitely lost some points with your past and it looks like the law flat out prevents you from being worthy of me and what I have to offer. Sorry, Ruth, this just isn’t adding up”? No! He answers with a resounding yes!

God is persistently trying to communicate to us that two and two don’t necessarily add up to four. When we confess who he is, we automatically step into freedom. Whether we feel it immediately or not, we become recipients of righteousness, holiness, and a whole bunch of other promised gifts. Just like that. No resume, interview or try-out necessary.

It is so hard for me to wrap my mind around this. The enemy is desperately terrified that we are going to figure this one out because once we take hold of these gifts, he loses power over us. So he sends a downpour of personalized lies like never before. A couple crafted specifically towards me are: you’re a waste of talent, your life will never add up to anything. I’ve dealt with these and others for years without taking them captive and labeling them as lies.

Today I put on the belt of truth because of one man’s love.

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once and for all time.” Hebrews 10:10

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Rebecca Ryan is a twenty four year old Birmingham native with a heart for music, nature and the written word. When it comes to life, she has decided to put the pen down and let the true author take over, as His story is the only one truly worth reading.  To read more of Rebecca’s BoP Bio, click here.

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