2014-11-24 - What Would Naomi Say?
"It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD's hand has turned against me!" (Ruth 1:13)
My husband, and then our two sons, died - leaving me in a foreign land, with only my daughters-in-law. I had a choice. I could have stayed in my familiar surroundings, faced with memories, but I chose to return to my homeland, even though there were no secure prospects there, either. It was better than nothing.
I was angry at God for putting me in this situation. He was the One who had the power to change things so I wouldn't have to experience turmoil and pain. I did not see how this experience was going to make me stronger. I wasn't patient, to see how the Lord was going to fill in the gaps. He did, eventually.
It took awhile, but I am happy to say I shed my feelings of anger and affliction toward the Lord. My life has come full-circle. I was given security, a new family, and became a grandmother. When we are faced with unbearable situations, may we cling to the fact that the Lord is our strength and support.
Lord, We can be encouraged in the midst of a crisis, because You haven't abandoned us. It may be a difficult concept to grasp, but we can be encouraged we aren't going through it alone. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. (See Isaiah 41:10 and Joshua 1:9)
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.