Redeemed, Restored, Sustained

Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustained of your old age...”

Ruth 4:14-15

This is the same Naomi who asked her community to call her “Mara”, meaning bitter, when she returned home after losing her husband and sons. A woman experiencing immense grief, wondering where God was in that pain.

God never left her side.

God redeemed Ruth, but He also redeemed Naomi. It was a carefully orchestrated plan of intentionally placed people who were willing to participate in God’s work that brought the story to a close: a bitter and broken woman redeemed and a foreigner who found a home  

It’s a mirror of the story of Jesus. A virgin girl about to be married, and a faithful but fearful husband to be. And yet they both said yes to God’s calling, and we have the Christmas narrative. Not that Jesus wouldn’t be here had they said no - God would have had a plan for that too. Everything is intentional, but not everyone will be willing. God’s plan carries on regardless.  

He has not left us without a way to redeem, restore, and sustain our lives. The question is not “will He do it?”, but rather, are we willing to participate? Can we choose to see the intentionality behind our circumstances?