The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites, and not because I am preparing myself to meet “my Boaz” like some of my single sisters patiently waiting on God to send them a Husband! Good luck with that if you’re in the state of Louisiana! The character that fascinates me in this book is Naomi because she gives a truthful close-up of a Woman dealing with a multitude of issues. I love the way Solomon describes a “Virtuous” Woman in Proverbs 31:10-31, but let’s be real; We all know Bathsheba went through some things prior to becoming a woman of virtue….OK! We all go through some things prior to becoming the women that God ordained us to be; and Naomi in my opinion, does not get enough credit for being a female genius who sat her problems on a chessboard and strategically played her opponents; grief, heartbreak, poverty, shame, and mental instability, and in the end she beat the odds for herself and the daughter she acquired. CHECKMATE!
Naomi is the female version of Job. She had a husband, children, and she even acquired two daughters-in-laws. Naomi was not familiar with struggle because her family had wealth. She was happy and comfortable until God allowed for that life to be taken away from her, leaving her with nothing but a loyal daughter-in-law named Ruth who refused to live her while she was down. A daughter-in-law named Ruth who with Faith, told her mother-in-law Naomi, that she would go with her and whatever God she served, she would serve him too!
So together they went back to the home of Naomi‘s DNA; Bethlehem. Naomi was so broken that when her hood starting noticing her she said, “Don’t call me Naomi, Call me “Mara,” because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.
I believe that all of us has had a Ruth 1:20-21 moment! This moment creeps up on us when our lives our out of control to the point of having us questioning where is our God, and why is he allowing these circumstances to occur in our life. We feel restless and peace is far from us, and that is why The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because it reminds me that whenever I feel like changing my name to “Mara,” there is always a Ruth, or a person that God has ordained with the FAITH to get me to my next level.
Naomi ends up getting her daughter-in-law married to a King McDreamy, balling out of control, and in generations to come; bringing forth a boy named David who would slay giants, write a book that is of full of praise and worship, and become a King.
So today on October 03, 2014. I need my mother; Warnita Pleasant to know that The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because MAMA, you are my Naomi! You have been through hell and back and yet you taught me about your God and I am alive because of that.
You are my Naomi, because you taught me that action speaks louder than words and I know how to recognize the people who were really sent for my good.
You are my Naomi, because you put aside you “Mara” moments to teach me how to genuinely love people.
You are my Naomi, because when I’m having a “Mara” moment, you speak my life and future back into existence.
You are my Naomi, because you embedded in me to never have a “poor old me” attitude and that is why I just can’t give up now (in my Mary Mary voice:)
You are my Naomi, because I am a Beast because of you. There is no topic, no title, no nationality or culture, that intimidates me.
For the rest of my life, I will follow you and I will serve the God that you serve. I will honor who and what God created you to be. I will be there with you on top of the mountains, or trapped in the wilderness. I will cut up and act a fool to get you back when you go into LALA land. I love you MAMA!