Wednesday, August 19, 2020
“So, Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel!’” [Ruth 4:13-14]
The story of Ruth begins with famine and death; with darkness that overwhelmed the spirit of Naomi, as bitterness took root within her as she returned to her people. Ruth seemed invisible the day Naomi returned to Bethlehem for Naomi said to the women, “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” In this final chapter Naomi’s emptiness is reversed, as her invisible daughter-in-law becomes incredibly visible by conceiving and giving birth to a son. The women of Bethlehem proclaim, “May this child’s name be renowned in Israel!” Emptiness becomes fullness and the prophecy of the women comes to pass as Obed becomes the father of Jesse, who is the father of David.” In chapter one Naomi had written the end of her story – emptiness and bitterness. But, this was not to be so. Have you ever written the last chapter like Naomi, only to see your story change? Disappointment, disease, loss, failure, economic ruin and death can take an incredible toll on our souls, yet God has a way of making make a way forward when there often appears no way. Remember that God goes before us as well as with us, for God does not abandon or forsake us no matter what our circumstances suggest. Wherever you find yourself today, trust that God is with you for your story is still unfolding.
Sojourning God, I am thankful that you walk with me through life. Forgive me, when I close the book too early at times in my life. When I am in a place where nothing more seems possible. Give me the courage to see your hands at work, nudging my spirit to imagine something other than what is. Blessed be your name, O God. Amen.