April 1 – From Bitter to Better to Blessed

Get ready!  God’s big Story is narrowing in on one particular family and this attention gives us a glimpse of how God’s blessings make a difference in the lives of people like you and me.  I really like Ruth’s story, the four-chapter romantic mini-drama, although the beginning is tragic.

A famine in Bethlehem (a little town in Judah) forces a young family of four to migrate to Moab.  In a short time, Naomi’s husband dies leaving her with two sons to raise.  Her sons both grow up and marry local Moabite women and then unexpectedly the brothers die as well. Naomi is left with only memories of what had been her family.  Can you imagine losing your entire family while living in a foreign land?  It would be easy to despair.  Naomi is sad and even bitter about her situation.

But read on as the conclusion might just be the first recorded “and they all lived happily ever after” kind of ending.  Then Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland. The story is about to turn from bitter to better.  Oh, for the times when the bitter to better transformation takes place in our lives, when we experience the journey with God, having faith that He leads us for our good.

Ruth 1:6 NLT