16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
My son was doing his daily Bible story from the Kid Bible App. I love it, it's animated and engaging while still sharing biblical truths. So on this day, what Solomon decided to read was Ruth. The story of Ruth is considered one of the most beautiful love stories in the entire bible. It's been turned into movies and songs have come from the scriptures.
Have you ever heard women saying, "I'm just waiting for my Boaz"? He is the dreamy, successful, and wise hero who rescues and falls in love with Ruth.
It's a story of sorrow, redemption, and how God can truly work all things for good.The final portion being that Ruth, a woman who wasn't a Jew but who adopted the faith, would become the great-grandmother of King David. And of course, King David was the greatest king in Israel's history and the lineage that Jesus came from.
It was in this moment that that it hit me.
Ruth was the great-grandmother of David.
She had a son, Obed.
Obed had a son, Jesse, and Jesse had David.
The only thing we know about Obed is that he was David's grandfather.
There's nothing about his hopes, dreams, or accomplishments.
What he is known for is only being a step in the direction of history.
Which leaves me with the question, what if people are called equally to raising the next generation as those who are called to shake their own?
What if training the next generation is vital to history?
What if our legacy is not in what we do here and now but in the seeds planted in our children?
I realized, I have become shortsighted and selfish when it comes to seeing results. I've forgotten the Abrahamic principle that God's timing and plans started long before me and will stretch (Lord willing) long after I pass. I am simply a thread in a gorgeous tapestry. A piece in a multi-billion piece puzzle.
What if my only legacy is, Nellyssa the mother of Solomon and Solomon went on to shake the nations? Seriously, my eyes are filled with tears of pride and joy at the possibility.
So I want to talk to you momma. I know the days are long and sometimes you want to rip out your hair. I know stress can make you want to quit and I know the end seems so far away and it feels like no one appreciates you. You wonder if you're wasting your time because Jane down the street has this thriving career with all these awards. But what if?
What if these unseen moments are part of the biggest plan in history. What if you are CALLED to be unseen and unrecognized simply to create your legacy through your children.
There is so much fulfillment in knowing I'm exactly where I need to be, serving exactly where I need to be serving, and preparing my legacy to step into his divine calling.