Part 2 – Continues from day 8.
Out of the country of Moab – Going Home
The pain was enough; Naomi sensed the direction of God to go back home – to Bethlehem. Where he got married and have a good memory, a place can call home. She hoped she could leave all her heart-sorrow in a foreign land. She did lose everything, except the breath of keep-going; she gave it all. The country of Moab showed her the wrong side; she paid a heavy price and was ready to change. In the middle of hard-thought about what happened to her life, she remembered her daughter-in-law’s kindness :
“You have been very kind to me and my sons, who are now dead.” Ruth 1:8
She didn’t have any complaints about her daughters-in-law behaviours; She praises their behaviours. In other words, she was saying, ” One behalf my sons, I was saying thanking for being kind.” Naomi knew the pain of losing the husband as she experienced herself, so she prayed for them to find a good husband and a good home. She was praying in her heart for them that they won’t go again, the bitter losing a husband. As tears were looping on Naomi’s cheek:
” She kissed her daughters-in-law, and they all started crying.” Ruth 1: 9
Three of them- Emptied their heart and emotions. The endorphins are released now, and the oxytocin has given them a sense of calm and joy.
There was quietness for a moment.
We all have those moments of crying after pain. We learnt the lessons, and our hearts need to be emptied and earnestly looking back to home. Naomi and the women were in a bad place in her life. But this didn’t stop her from praying, and it didn’t stop her to keep going.
Orpah and Ruth urging Naomi to go with them. But, Naomi assured them – coming with her gives them nothing:
“An I am already sad enough- the Lord has done many things to me!” Ruth 1:13b
It was time to leave behind all bitterness. It was about to move to a new location, a place; that Naomi can start again.
But Ruth followed Naomi – and they did go to Bethlehem, together.
Question to ponder: What you learnt from this story?
Remember: Keep going, keep praying and stay strong.
Written by Dariush Youkhaneh
Friend, Thanks; I am truly blessed you are here. Let your kind comment warm my heart again. I pray our Lord to bless you, dear.