For anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a loved one or felt alone in a foreign land. If you think God has forgotten you and you are empty inside:
Ruth is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is short and sweet and when I start reading it, I can’t put it down. Naomi is a widow in a foreign land and then her two son’s die too. It just can’t get any worse than that!
She decides to return home. Naomi feels empty inside and calls herself Mara for she is very bitter. Still, her daughter-in-law Ruth joins her with this passionate statement;
Ruth 1:16 “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Ruth goes out and works. She basically does slave labor to supply food for her and Naomi. The owner of the field is Boaz and he takes notice of Ruth.
Ruth 2:11 “I have been told about all you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.?
Long story short. Boaz and Ruth get married and have a son named Obed. He is the great grandfather of King David. He is also in the lineage of my Lord and Savior.
I do not always understand why people go through such horrible experiences. It isn’t always because they have done something wrong. Personally, I have experienced some of my greatest pain when I am enjoying God’s presence in my life. I also know that God hasn’t deserted me. I cling to God’s promise that he will never leave me or desert me.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
When I was a young woman my grandma had a major stroke. I was angry at God and shook my fist at him. My grandma was paralyzed on one side of her body and left unable to speak. I loved my grandma dearly. She had a beautiful singing voice and she was a prayer warrior. So, as I sat beside her bed I would share with her my heart and things I needed her to pray about. She prayed me out of a bad relationship. I met my husband two years later. I told my grandma if she could sit up for three hours she could come to my wedding. The nurse told me the next morning she was trying to pull herself up with her good hand. My grandma was at my wedding eight months later.
One day, I remember yelling at God and asking Him, Why? Why don’t you just take my grandma home to be with you or why don’t you heal her? He gave me this verse to read in my devotions that morning. If you have ever read Deuteronomy it is a tough book to enjoy. However, this verse is very special to me. You see, I was six months pregnant with my first child at that time. I knew then that I will never understand all the pain in this world but I did know that God was good and loving. It was my responsibility to teach my children that God is there for us even during seasons of pain. My daughter was born in May and a year and a half later my son was born. Several month after my son was born my grandma went home to be with Jesus. You see, I think she prayed for me during her 6 1/2 years of silence. Today I rejoice as I see that my children are now young adults. They also know that we serve a great and loving God.
Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
How beautiful you are my darling,
Your eyes are like doves.
Song of Songs 1:15