God in Life’s Unexpected Turns
February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
The story of Naomi and Ruth is fascinating (Ruth 1:1-18). It is a story of unexpected turns in the lives of two women. But ultimately it is a story about God in the midst of life’s unexpected turns. Naomi lost almost everything. Not only did the famine disrupt the life of her family (1:1-2), but she quickly lost her husband and her two sons (1:3-5). Life took unexpected turns that left her in a desperate situation. In her own words to Ruth, “it is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has gone against me!” (1:13). She ended up with her two dead sons’ foreign wives for whom she sees no future (1:6-15). And yet, God is not done with her. Ruth’s insistence to stay with her and to accompany her to Bethlehem (1:16-22) was only the beginning of how she fits into God’s future plans. As the story unfolds, we discover that Naomi became instrumental in getting Ruth to Boaz’s threshing-floor so that a child (Obed) could be conceived who would become the grandfather of David (4:13-16). And so God uses her in the unfolding story of a genealogy that would eventually lead to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. God is never done with us… the unexpected turns of life are just the next phases in His unfolding purposes with us.