I’m not exactly sure why I’m here. A simple note to the author, a question really, resulted in this invitation to spend five days in solitude and silence, meeting with Ruth in the mornings for prayer, devotions, and spiritual direction.
I don’t know how many people have been invited, but only two of us are here––me and a young worship leader from San Francisco.
I feel intimidated. Who am I to be here, sitting across from this woman, whose books have challenged the very soul of my being? Why should she invest this time in me?
It’s surreal. She shares a devotion with us and I wonder that she shouldn’t be standing in front of thousands, sharing these great insights into scripture.
I wonder again, what am I doing here?
I’m surprised by how quickly the ego fades in this setting, how deeply we connect, soul to soul, in spiritual friendship.
She’s no longer a famous author and speaker. She’s simply Ruth.
“It’s no coincidence that you’re here,” she smiles.
This truth resonates with me, and I know that for whatever reason, God has brought me here.
And so I begin my journey.