Naomi sure felt that way. She moved to another country, and her husband died. Then her two married sons lost their lives as well. In that day, social security rested in the sons. They were the ones who took care of their parents in their old age. All she had left were her two foreign daughters-in-law.
It’s possible Naomi felt as if her life was over. Her family line had been cut off. She was going to be buried away from her family in a foreign country and forgotten.
It was no wonder she told her friends “Don’t call me Naomi [which means pleasant], call me Mara [bitter].” (Ruth 1:20, NIV).
I can picture her pleading with the only person who could have saved her–God. But her situation was pretty bleak.
For those who have read the story, you know how it ends. Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth came back to Israel. Ruth worked hard to provide for them, and got married to a rich, righteous man named Boaz. The new couple had a son named Obed. Naomi’s friends saw the blessings and said Ruth “is better than seven sons,” and When Naomi became Obed’s nanny, everyone said she had a son again (4:14-15).
The book ends with a genealogy with Obed. You find that he becomes the grandfather of David! As in, the King of Israel and slays Goliath, David. If you flip ahead to Matthew chapter one, you find the genealogy of Jesus. And take a wild guess who is in his family line. Obed!
Naomi feared her family line would die out and she would be forgotten. But not only did her line continue, but within a few generations, a descendant was king, and several more later, one was the Savior. Not just the Savior, but God himself!
In other words, when you think your life is over, God is still with you. He may surprise and bless you in ways you can’t imagine.
Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.