The more we grow in our spiritual life, the more we see that we must roll with the life God has set before us. If we look at the book of Ruth, we read that it is actually beginning with the story of Naomi, and yet as it progresses, God is at work.
Many times I have had women talk with me about their life being in turmoil. They are frustrated, angry, and wonder "why" God would allow this trail. When someone is hurting, there is not much we can say to take the pain away. Our words can try to sooth the moment, but healing will take time. Yet in our time of sorrow, we still can benefit from knowing that we are not alone. God is always there.
In the Book of Ruth, we meet Naomi and her two daughter's in law. Here are 3 women left alone. The husband of Naomi has died, and also both of her sons. She is now alone, alone in a strange land. What will she do? Who can she turn to? It is at this point that she desires to be called Mara ( which means bitter) instead of Naomi. Feeling abandoned and alone, she blames God for her hardships. Naomi may be angry at the situation God has placed her in, but yet she still has a struggling faith.
We all have been there. Our hearts are broken, we feel alone, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. We feel hurt, wounded and empty. In the midst of our pain, it is easy to lose sight of His plan for us. But it is in these times that we need to trust Him. Naomi sounded like she blamed God for her predicament, but actually, something deeper was going on.
Yes, the story of Ruth, actually begins with the story of Naomi and her frustration at what is happening in her life. I hope you will take some time this week, and read the "story of Naomi" in the beginning of the Book of Ruth. (or you can watch a great true to life version HERE.)
Women, once filled with despair find new hope.
May we all learn from these two women, as we too struggle in this life. Remember, my dear friend, God knows the end from the beginning!
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