Naomi walked back to Bethlehem, emotionally handicapped, and limping in her spirit. She had left Bethlehem with her husband to pursue what appeared to be greener pastures. The bible says that Naomi left the famine – full. This miracle alone should have stalled their departure. In the midst of famine, their hands and house were full of provision. Famine never cause’s the faithfulness of God to falter.
While she sojourned in a different land, she suffered loss and disappointment. Naomi lost her husband and boys to sickness. Three funerals later, Naomi set her spiritual compass toward Bethlehem. She came back to the place of blessing.
Her testimony is filled with the bitter despair of a devastated mother. She highlighted the mess she had been living in. Bitter times had soured her spirit and blinded her eyes to the blessing hidden in the hindsight.
Ruth 1:20 – And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
Ruth 1:21 – I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the almighty hath afflicted me?
The focus of her story is the mess she had been through. The margin of her testimony is full of the miraculous power of God.
The Lord had brought her home again!
This is the miracle hidden in the mess.
It was God who put the urge in her to move back to Bethlehem. It was God who kept her alive when everybody else was dying. God had set her up with Ruth who would be used to secure her future. God was working on Naomi, Ruth, and the people of Bethlehem at the same time. He had devised the means whereby she could have a come back. What a God!
You may have left God for a season and now you find yourself in despair and condemnation. Days are spent wishing you had made different decisions back then. Right now, you need to celebrate a God who brought you back.
Your mess doesn’t negate the miracle hidden in the margin: You Are Back!