So she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
A growing problem in the United States is “road rage.” Between January I, 1990, and September 1, 1996, the American Automobile Association counted at least 10,037 incidents of road rage resulting in 218 deaths. An additional 12,610 people were injured. This is a terrible price to pay for foolishly venting one’s anger. Yet it’s far more foolish when we become angry at God.
When Naomi returned to her home land, it was obvious she was angry with God for the losses in her life. When her friends called her Naomi (which means sweetness” or “pleasantness”), she instructed them instead to call her Mara (which means “bitterness”), because “the Almighty has afflicted me.”
She lamented that she left Bethlehem with a husband and two sons, but returned “empty.” She was angry at God because of what He had allowed in God’s plan, however, Naomi was actually at the beginning of the most fulfilling time of her life.
Soon Ruth would meet and marry Boaz and bear his child. That baby, Obed, would become the grandfather to Israel’s greatest king, David, who would establish the lineage of-the Messiah, Jesus. What God had allowed to be taken away from Naomi would be replaced with blessings beyond her wildest imagination.
When you experience the grief of losing a loved one-a husband, a wife, a child it’s easy to become bitter and lash out at God. You think it’s all His fault. He allowed it to happen. Yet the God who loves you is also the God who sees the end from the beginning.
He knows what He is doing. Trust Him. What has begun as a heartache for you will ultimately result in over whelming blessings.
SORROW IS THE GARDEN IN WHICH GOD GROWS OUR BLESSINGS.