My sister Kimmi got me this book called Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes.
Sarah Jakes is the daughter of popular Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter’s Touch. I don’t know a lot about her but apparently she got a bad start on life by making some bad decisions. When she was barely in her teens, she got pregnant but fortunately she had supportive parents to help her through the struggles of teen mom life. Then later on in life, married with 2 children, just before her 3rd wedding anniversary she had the heartbreaking shock of finding out that her husband had cheated on her. When I hear about people in such situations writing books, my first reaction is to doubt the quality of the book. But good books aren’t written by faultless people who haven’t gone through trials. It takes experience to give encouraging and true advise. This book has plenty of wisdom within it’s pages. I discovered this just starting the first chapter and that’s when I got the idea to blog about the things I learn while reading it. So here it goes. Following the story of Ruth, we learn how to handle life when we “collide with destiny.”
Chapter One: Life Doesn’t Always Go As Planned
Bible Reading: Ruth 1:1-5
1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
Chosen Notes From Chapter:
- We hardly ever question God when things go as we want them to. But when we face trouble, we want answers.
- Even after having and losing it all, we must remember that whatever-or whomever-we lost, we have not lost God.
- The things that cause us the most pain are usually the roots that develop our true purpose.
Questions To Ask Yourself
When you were younger, what was a plan you had for your life?
What has gotten in the way of this plan being realized?
How has the pain of losing your plan affected you?
How have your views on God changed as a result of the unexpected shift?
I will try to make a post every week on each chapter. I hope that these posts, summaries of the chapters in this awesome book, will give you some sort of encouragement as you study the notes, answer the questions, and read the story of Ruth.