Sunday, April 08, 2012

Hope after "Good Friday" - Ruth 1:1-4:12

It was an honor and blessing to be asked to read scripture for the wedding of one of our "sons" and his bride two years ago. After praying about it, God gave me:

"But Ruth said, "Don't force me to leave you; don't make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I'll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I'll die, and that's where I'll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!"(1:16-17)

What a wonderful wedding vow to give each other - to be one In Him from the beginning of their journey together.  And what a wonderful vow to take to our Father from our heart.  To become His hook, line, and sinker.  To be totally sold out for Him - in the good and bad times.  When life is going along with no bumps  or when every step you take is met with an obstacle.  Naomi changed her name to Mara - which means Bitter. 

I pray that no matter what steps I am to take in this life, that I will not lose focus of His face.  That I will not become Mara - bitter.  That I will always know His hope and that He is in control.  Time after time in scripture, He gives us the promise of hope.  That He is in total control and we are in the palm of His hand. 

Thankfully, Naomi refocused and saw the hope God gave her before her life ended here on earth.  "Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "Why, God bless that man! God hasn't quite walked out on us after all! He still loves us, in bad times as well as good!" (2:20)  I pray that when I lose focus on His face, which I will, that I may quickly refocus on His hope.  I so do not want to live out my life in Bitterness. 

Today was colder, overcast and with a few sprinkles.  I was thinking about on this day that my Savior was separated from our Daddy because He had taken upon Himself my sins.  The weather so matched the day.  The day of in between.  The day that was just about ready to bring about the end of the war.  It was the day before He overcame death and satan.  

Each moment we are given a new beginning - it's our decision to live in the hope or in the bitterness.

To live as though each moment is our Easter.   

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