When Naomi and her ‘ride or die’ daughter-n-law, Ruth returned to Bethlehem after 10 years of living in Moab, the whole town was stirred with excitement. In Ruth 1:19, all the women said, “Can this be Naomi?” In vv. 20-21, Naomi humbly responds, “Don’t call me Naomi instead, call me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the LORD has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?” Naomi was riddled with past and present afflictions. Naomi name in Hebrew means pleasant but, she felt there was nothing pleasant in her current situation nor in her present circumstances. Have you ever been there? Just when things are going well, God switches gears and you really don’t know ‘why’ nor ‘what’ He is doing. Here’s the deal, after all Naomi suffered, she did not stop believing God. Although she did not completely understand the ‘why’ and the ‘what’s next’, she remained resiliently humble because she knew God was in control. If this messages speaks to your present situation, know that God got your back and he never ends on negative. If it’s still bad God ain’t done yet!!  

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