The timing of the Lord defies human reason. To those of you whose dreams have been denied thus far in life, hang on. To those whose past is unredeemable, keep standing strong. To those to whom the future looks blank and empty, do not roll over and die.
Whoever you are, whatever your situation, do not give up. Do not stop short of the Lord’s plan for your life. You may be stuck in a rut today but one touch of God in your life can bring unspeakable joy.
Naomi was a bitter woman, Ruth 1-4. In fact she said, “Do not call me Naomi (which means my joy) call me Mara (which means bitterness). I went out full but the Lord has brought me home again empty” Naomi started out a young wife, she had everything. But at the end of the day she had nothing.
She lost her husband and two sons but rediscovered her purpose and recycled her life and look what happened! She nursed her grandson Obed the father of Jesse and Jesse was the father of David.How could Naomi have known that Obed would be an ancestor of the Messiah? How would she have known that her legacy would outlive her by thousands of years? No doubt Naomi knew discouragement well, no doubt there were times she wanted to roll over and die. But if she had given into the temptation to give up, she would have stopped short of God’s restoration. She would have died bitter without having tasted joy.
It’s hard to believe the best is yet to come when you are between a rock and a hard place. But hang in there, the best is yet to come.
cc: Inspired by Woman Thou Art Loosed