When you can’t snap out of it.

“Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” (Ruth 1:20)
She started out as Naomi (meaning pleasant) then became Mara (meaning bitter). Maybe you know what that’s like. Earlier in your life you were living a pleasant life. Things were good. Dreams were fresh. Your heart beat with hope and purpose. But then dreams went sour and times became hard. Now you’re name seems to be changing to Bitter. Your biggest dream now is to make it through another day. Even the tears are getting old.

Naomi was grieving deeply and her name changed to reflect her pain. But she learned as she wept that God loved her no matter what her name was. Eventually the sun would shine on her dreams again, but that’s not my point today. the point is that the same God who loved her in the pleasant days, loved her through the bitter ones.

There was no quick fix for her, but there was steady love from the father even in the pain. Today you may not find a quick fix to your pain, but know this that the same God who loved you in brighter days loves you right now in your brokenness.

He’s not waiting or you to hurry up and snap out of it. He’s just sitting quietly at your side holding your hand until the sunrise. And what a sunrise it will be.

“Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” (Ruth 1:20)
She started out as Naomi (meaning pleasant) then became Mara (meaning bitter). Maybe you know what that’s like. Earlier in your life you were living a pleasant life. Things were good. Dreams were fresh. Your heart beat with hope and purpose. But then dreams went sour and times became hard. Now you’re name seems to be changing to Bitter. Your biggest dream now is to make it through another day. Even the tears are getting old.

Naomi was grieving deeply and her name changed to reflect her pain. But she learned as she wept that God loved her no matter what her name was. Eventually the sun would shine on her dreams again, but that’s not my point today. the point is that the same God who loved her in the pleasant days, loved her through the bitter ones.

There was no quick fix for her, but there was steady love from the father even in the pain. Today you may not find a quick fix to your pain, but know this that the same God who loved you in brighter days loves you right now in your brokenness.

He’s not waiting or you to hurry up and snap out of it. He’s just sitting quietly at your side holding your hand until the sunrise. And what a sunrise it will be.

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