Today I’m delighted to share a guest post from Tope Keku. The devotion below comes from her book Weathering Storms: Finding Treasure In The Ruins, and I’m sure it will encourage you. You can find out more about Tope at the bottom of this post, and you can find the book on Amazon at these links: UK, US.
Both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. Ruth 1:5 NIV
Have you ever found yourself in situations that left you speechless?
I visited a friend who lost her son at birth. As I walked into the hospital room, the atmosphere was heavy with grief. My friend and her husband sat next to a little crib, tears streaming down their faces as they looked at their dead son. I sat with them in their grief.
Naomi and her family moved to Moab for a better life, but their good fortune was short lived as calamity struck the family. Naomi was overcome with grief by the loss of her husband and sons. When Naomi went back to Bethlehem, the women welcomed her. She told them to call her Mara because she felt the Lord had made her life bitter (Ruth 1:11).
Perhaps, like Naomi, you are dealing with grief or face multiple challenges that leave you feeling defeated and speechless. Maybe, like Naomi, your focus is on the circumstances, and you do not see any hope.
Know that God is with you in your moments of frustration and despair. He does not condemn you for grieving. In fact, he made provision for it in the psalms.
Whenever I am in the pit, overwhelmed, and beyond words, I turn to Psalms to find words to help me express my feelings.
Psalm 88 was a close companion as these words became the cry of my heart: “Oh God, my soul is full of trouble. I am like a person without strength. You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths” (see verses 3–6). This psalm helped me bare my soul to God without pretense.
In due time, God gave me his perspective, just as he did with Naomi. She gained God’s perspective as she trusted his plan and provision for her through Ruth, her daughter-in-law. Later, when Naomi and others reflected on God’s care of Naomi and Ruth, they praised the Lord (Ruth 4:14).
Look up, friend. God longs to hear the cries of your heart. Trust him to walk with you in the darkest pit.
Lord, I know you are with me in the darkest of depths.
Thank you for helping me express my anguish, for hearing my cry, and for comforting me.
Thank you for giving me your perspective.
May you fill my mouth with praise.
Tope is the author of Weathering Storms devotional. She is passionate about helping others reach their full potential, body, mentor soul, and spirit. She inspires women to discover their identity and purpose. She encourages women facing adversity discover the hidden treasures in their situations. She is a speaker, professional coach and bible teacher. Tope has mentored women for over 25 years. Through her devotions, she motivates women to grow in their faith and apply biblical truths to their situations and embrace hope. She is a women’s ministry leader at her church. She is a wife and mother of four young adults. She enjoys praying, reading, writing, cooking, research and hanging out with family and friends. Visit Tope at www.HiddenTreasuresandRiches.com