I’ve lived my life according to the rules, why have I lost everything? Have my sacrifices and accomplishments been for nothing? Have I outlived my usefulness? Am I no longer valuable? Where is God? What could I possibly have done that God would judge me and find me guilty? Why has God abandoned me? These questions filled Naomi’s mind as she continued to silently place one foot in front of the other, day after day, on the long trip back to Bethlehem.
Naomi started out well in life. She was an observant Jew, respected in her community. Her family arranged a marriage for her with a man from a good family who would be inheriting a large amount of land. In a farming community like Bethlehem, a family’s wealth and influence was gauged by the amount of land it held. Naomi gained even more respect in the community when she gave birth to two sons. The measure of a woman’s success was marriage and her ability to provide sons to continue the family line. Naomi had every reason to believe God smiled on her and rewarded her righteousness.
Then everything began to go horribly and unexpectedly wrong.
Today I’m guest posting for Jamie at Ava Anomaly. I met Jamie through the Story Sessions community and have come to highly value her encouraging heart and desire to know God. I think you’ll enjoy her perspective.