Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons
1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. 3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
Ruth 1:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
What a great few verses…
The first glimpse of the situation is that a tragedy happens to this family and all because Elimelek was doing things on his own. It brings to us questions and lessons like that we should wait for God’s timing and not go and do on our own. And I understand the disobedience or the anxiety to get a solution for his family. But wasn’t him a God’s man?
And if God sent him to another land?
What seams weak instead became the strongest and courageous man. Face the challenge and not knowing what was to come. But he sees it.
Imagine Noah building the Ark… no one could get it, but he sees it. (Gen)
Elijah said that the heavy rain was coming, no one gets it. But he sees it. (I king 18:41)
Abraham went all the way up to that mountain bringing Isaac, it seems no other but Isaac was the offer to sacrifice, but not to Abraham, he sees other provision, he knew that God provides. (Gen 22)
Our relationship with God is unique. And as much close we walk with Him, more convict of what our task/call/work is to this life.
God has his ways. Because of what Elimelech did someone from a strange land accept God as her own God. Isn’t it what is all about?
Leave the 99 to rescue the one who is lost?
My friends as I write here to you my heart became full of gratitude. I thank God for doing and writing his plans not according to my knowledge but he WROTE it to fulfil HIS purpose of redemption.
The lesson to me is that:
1) God, please draw me close to you.
2) that I could see what God wants me to see.
3) obedience and courage to step on in faith to accomplish God’s plan in my life.
Bringing it into our lives, and the context of our reality. Well, I am in Christ, I am a God’s child and as close I walk with him as a DECISION I make myself, I will go through the path that he has to me. Not my family path, not my church path, but with their blesses I will walk on my (God’s) path to my life.
Not imitating someone else but been who I am because He created me with all that I have. Inspired by others but following my own.
Once my glasses are with God’s lenses I will see what He sees.
But for that I need to be with Him and looking into Him ALL THE TIME, otherwise, I will sink as Peter did on that water.
I want to encourage all of you, (and myself ) to BELIEVE that we are God’s masterpiece, perfect and unique, there are gifts in our souls that God made specially to bless others and we need to have the courage to step in and say: I can See! even when no one else can.
Oh my! Let get out of our comfort zone and stop to copy and past patterns and start to discover who we really are in Christ!!
Peace and love,