I pray that the Savior spoke sweetly into your life last week as you sat quietly with Him in the first chapter of the book of Ruth.
Before we push on into the rest of this amazing story, however, I would like for us to spend another couple of weeks sitting with this chapter. And I'll tell you why. I believe that to really experience the heartbeat of what is happening in the lives of Naomi and Ruth, we need to get behind their eyes.
All of us at one time or another in life have passed through trying, pain-filled trials that leave us reeling. Perhaps some of you can relate quite personally to the human tragedy these two women are passing through in this book. As you re-read this passage this week, I would like for you to focus your attention on Naomi.
But, before you do, remember, as we spoke of in my earlier blog, to unplug from the minutia of the day. Be sure that you are in a nice comfy spot where your heart can be most attentive to the Savior's voice. Give yourself a few moments to sit quietly. Take a couple of deep breaths, and as you do, ask the Spirit to sweep in and through you to clear away any stray thoughts that might distract you from meeting with God today.
Open your bibles to Ruth 1 and slowly read through that first chapter with Naomi in mind. As you read, imagine her life as it was both in Israel and Moab. Ask the Lord to help you get behind this woman's eyes, to imagine what life felt like... looked like... to her. Allow the Holy Spirit's creativity to flow...
Pull out your journal and describe on it's pages what you think Naomi might be seeing, hearing, feeling and perhaps even what she tastes and smells. Listen for clues from Naomi herself.
Now take a moment to sit quietly with this. Interact with the Savior about it. What might He be trying to speak into you through Naomi's experience? If you feel compelled, write it out in your journal, inserting your name into the dialogue.
Spend a few more minutes resting in silence with Jesus. Before you move into your day, thank Him for meeting with you today!