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Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer…” Ruth 4:14a

I have this tendency when reading scripture to wonder about the things that aren’t written.

Take Ruth 4, for instance. After a tidal wave of tragedy, followed by a few chapters of sweeping and surprising twists including overwhelming provision, a marriage proposal, a wedding, and a birth, the book of Ruth crescendos with Naomi’s friends speaking a blessing over her.

As I read the passage this morning, tears in my eyes at God’s goodness to the once bitter and utterly hopeless Naomi now cradling new life in her hands, I wondered. What was Naomi thinking in those moments? Surely her heart was ready to burst. Surely full of praise at what God had done.

In other corners of the Bible, we get a glimpse into the heart of other women of God, who sang from the overflow of their hearts at life’s monumental moments.

Miriam at the Red Sea Crossing, praising God for his deliverance at throwing horse and rider into the sea.

Deborah the Judge at Israel’s victory over enemy armies and resulting freedom, rehearsing with Barak the faithfulness of God to the nation.

Hannah the once barren and misunderstood, exulting in the Lord who lifts up the lowly and exalts the humble.

Mary the young virgin mother, magnifying the Lord for his mercy and his faithfulness from generation to generation.

And I wonder, what would the theme of Naomi’s song have been? As a writer, I can’t help but ponder her perspective.

I will not, however, add to Scripture. Alas, we have no song of Naomi to read. What we can learn (or be reminded of) from Naomi is that our God is a God of restoration. Of redemption of the deepest and richest variety. He sees us and doesn’t forget our pain (Psalm 56:8). He is a merciful God, coming to our rescue while we were yet sinners, unable to save ourselves (Romans 5:8). He is good and kind, not because of how faithful we’ve been along the journey, but because of his great grace (Titus 3:4-7).

What’s your song? What legacy are you leaving for those who are reading between the lines of your life?

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

(Blessed Assurance by Franny Crosby)

 

Much love,

Sarah Deal

Women’s Ministry Director

Riverview Baptist Church