Posted: August 14, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

– Luke 24:32b NIV

What I like about the story of Naomi is the reality of her circumstances, being in a dark place and difficult time in her life, that did not override God’s ability to move her to a new season of life beyond the horizon of her season of grief, bitterness and great loss. It is a story of restoration that foreshadows the working of God’s mighty strength that raised Christ from the dead in order that we may also be raised with Him, as Naomi experienced when she returned to Bethlehem. “So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess…. arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.” – Ruth 1:22 NIV

Naomi later returned to a place that was once barren to experience a great harvest. Hearing that God was now present providing for those in need Naomi left Moab, along with Ruth, I believe, because in her heart God was prompting her to return so He could bless her. I believe God used Ruth to help move Naomi towards a new season of life beyond the horizon of her current state. “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you will stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.” – Ruth 1:16-17a, 18 NIV Sincere faith, aroused by hope, causes us to cling to God and move with determination towards the places of destiny God has ordained for us to step into! It will also inspire others around us to follow our example as we follow the example of Christ that causes others to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

There were two men, in Luke’s gospel, who were deeply troubled and saddened by the recent events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and death. They were leaving Jerusalem, on the road to Emmaus, when Jesus appeared to them, but they did not recognize Him. As Jesus walked with them, the men began to share with Jesus the recent events of Jerusalem. Shrouded with sadness and discouraged, what the men had hoped for in relation to a brighter day and better tomorrow were doused by His death. As they walked, Jesus began to explain to them what was revealed in God’s word, according to Moses and the prophets, about His purposed destiny. Jesus later revealed Himself to them at dinner and disappeared from their sight. It was then they recalled how their hearts were ignited by what He spoke regarding Himself and the Scriptures.  They were so inspired they ran back to Jerusalem, the same day, to share the ‘good news’ of their fellowship encounter with Christ! God’s word and His grace will empower you to take the long, hard journey and inspire others along the way!

May God bless you and help you to demonstrate determination and cling to Him, during times of great sadness and seasons of dark days and difficult moments, so you may be raised with Him to your ‘harvest of restoration’ and experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.


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