This morning, the Lord gave me some incredible insight.
Lately, things have not been going great for me. Contracts falling through, career opportunities not panning out, car breaking down (literally, died on the interstate), uncertainty of future prospects, blah, blah, blah. I know I am not the only one having experiences such as these. It seems the entire world is stuck in a bad dream we can’t wait to wake up from. We thought, hoped, the moment the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2021 we would all wake up from the nightmare of 2020, but that wasn’t exactly the case.
This morning around 5:00am, while having coffee and quiet time with God, I told him how confused I was, how frustrated I was becoming, how lost in the wilderness I felt and how it was a daily battle to stay positive.
The Lord gave me three words, “within the cave”, then reminded me of Naomi.
Naomi’s story is one of the most powerful and underestimated accounts in the bible. Although the book she is in is not named after her, she is the true hero in the book of Ruth.
In Ruth, we read Naomi lost her husband and both sons within a span of ten years. Naomi decides to return to her people after hearing the Lord was bringing bread to the land of Judah even within a time of great famine. Naomi, heartbroken, tells her daughters to return to their mothers.
Can you imagine how Naomi was feeling in this moment? Her husband dead followed by her only two children. Then, she tells her daughter-in-law’s, who by now were like her own daughters, to leave because she had no future to offer them. One leaves, the other stays, Ruth.
When returning to her land, Naomi was so dejected she wanted to change her name to Mara: “for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20). Naomi felt cursed, abandoned, demoralized and alone. She was living within a cave of despair, one only God Himself could pull her out of.
What is so beautiful about this story is that even when within this cave of darkness, when Naomi had lost everything and was at the lowest place she had ever been, God delivered a strategy to her to bring her up and take her out.
We all know the story, of how Naomi told Ruth what to do in order to make Boaz fulfill his legal duty as a kinsman. We also know that through the line of Ruth came David, and eventually Jesus.
So, because of the strategy given to Naomi by God at the lowest point in her life, she had a major part to play with eventually bringing about the Messiah.
This story reminded me that even within the cave, whatever that cave may be, heartbreak, sickness, death, joblessness, depression, addiction, God can deliver a strategy that can bring us up, take us out and advance us farther than we ever imagined.
I believe many people are feeling like Naomi during this season of uncertainty. Some may feel cursed, some may feel like its struggle to get out of bed, some may even feel as if God has turned His back on them; none of this is true.
I do not know why the world seems to be sprinting towards chaos, but I do know that God is always there to bring a light in the midst of the darkness. God brought strategy to Naomi when she least expected it, when she least felt it, possibly even when she least deserved it.
What makes you think He will not do the same for you?
Whatever you are struggling with today, regardless of how heavy the burden or how dark the night, your God will give you what you need in order to get you out.
Sometimes, it’s within the cave when we receive the revelation.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19