Monday was a bad work day for me ...
it was a day when i thought, " ... and why am i here again ... ?" ... i generally have good work days - but as i mentioned before, this year is shaping up quite different ...
as i head to the salt mines this morning, refreshed from sleep and secure in God's hands - once again - i was blessed with my devotional reading ....
here it is for you to read, if time permits!
A wise person once told me, “Never be quick to judge whether something is a blessing or a curse.”
The story of Naomi reminds me of this.
The name Naomi means “my delight.”
But when bad things happened to her, Naomi wanted to change her name to match her circumstances. After her husband and sons died, Naomi concluded, “The hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” (Ruth 1:13). When people greeted her, she said, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (v.20).
Rather than judge her circumstances in light of her identity as a follower of the one true God who had proclaimed unfailing love for His people, Naomi did what most of us tend to do: She judged God in light of her circumstances. And she judged wrongly. The hand of the Lord had not gone out against her. In fact, Naomi had a God-given treasure she had not yet discovered.
Although Naomi lost her husband and two sons, she was given something totally unexpected—a devoted daughter-in-law and a grandchild who would be in the lineage of the Messiah.
As Naomi’s life shows us, sometimes the worst thing that happens to us can open the door for the best that God has to give us. —Julie Ackerman Link—
God’s purpose for today’s events may not be seen till tomorrow.