Friday, October 9, 2009

Naomi Ponders

Naomi Ponders
Based on the book of Ruth

Because of you, wee one, who coos in the crook of my withered arm; because of you I know my God remembers.

Hunger banished my family from our home. Refugees we were, beset by weariness and suppressed by loneliness in a strange, distant land. Discouragement and fear stalked us. Death overtook us. God dealt with me so bitterly I was certain I’d been forgotten. But all is well, wee one. I know my God remembers.

Because of you, precious one, who curls tiny fingers around my gnarled, arthritic one; because of you I know my God redeems.

What overwhelming loss I experienced! Your devoted grandfather and our two beloved sons were snatched from me. Who would comfort me? Who would further my family? Who even cared if I lived or died? Too old to marry, and too poor to support your mother, I begged her to leave me and return to her mother and father. She refused, fierce in her loyalty to me. Although I had nothing to offer her, she left the country of her birth. She was better to me than seven sons. Her humble, honorable actions caught your papa’s eye. Your papa, my husband’s kinsman, took pity on us. He has become our deliverer; our rescuer. I know my God redeems.

Because of you, little one, whose breath is warm and sweet against my wrinkled cheek; because of you I know my God rewards.

Hope had dispersed like chaff in the wind. Dreams had dissolved into tears. The outlook was dismal and bleak. This day, this moment, this fulfillment of hopes and dreams I dared not believe in or even wish for. But God smiled on me; smiled upon your mother; blessed His humble servants. I know my God rewards.

Because of you, cherished one, whose curious eyes quicken my aged heart and lighten my faltering steps; because of you, I know my God restores.

My home, my family, my lineage will endure. I am called blessed among Bethlehem’s women. If my sons, Mahlon and Chilion, had lived and fathered many children, none would hold as much promise as you -my delightful grandson, Obed. You are my fulfillment, my future, my renewer of hopes and dreams. My nights are restful, my days filled with purpose, because of you. I know my God restores.

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  1. Sharlyn,

    It is so wonderful to know we have a God that cares and one that will never leave us!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. I am thankful I have the security of a GOD who loves and cares for me.
    Blessings, andrea

  3. You've painted a beautiful picture of Naomi's faith in God and love of Obed. Seriously . . . beautiful.

  4. My two favorite quotes here:

    "You are my fulfillment, my future, my renewer of hopes and dreams..."

    "I know my God restores."

    I loved reading this from Naomi's POV. To know my God restores, breathes such hope.

  5. This is beautifully written, Sharlyn. Wow.

  6. I've always loved the story of Naomi and Ruth. You have done a wonderful job in the retelling. I love the thoughts beginning with, "Because of you..."

  7. So beautifully written...prose with a poetic feeling. Well done!

  8. This is beautifully written! BLessings, Laurie


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