Naomi had been away from home for about ten years and indeed had lost much, however in her bitterness about what she had lost she could not see the goodness right under her nose.
Yes, her husband and sons had died during their stay in Moab (Ruth 1 v 1 to 5), however she was not actually speaking the truth in Ruth 1 v 21.
She says she went out full and returned home empty, and she blamed this on the Lord.
However she did not come back empty, she returned with a loyal, kind and loving daughter-in-law.
She returned with someone who would be an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ.
She returned with a woman who would turn her life around making her highly blessed.
She actually returned with a great treasure called Ruth, a woman of amazing potential.
Yet in her bitterness she could not see this, she could only focus on what she had lost; focusing on it so much that she wanted to be called Mara (meaning bitter) rather than Naomi (meaning pleasant).
Sometimes we let our current circumstances hide the great potential in our lives.
We let the carnal life influence us so much that we cannot see the potential that we have in our spiritual life.
Yes, sometimes we cannot see the great things right under our noses.
Through the finished work of Jesus Christ we have all we need for an abundant life, yet we will not see this if we focus on the carnal rather than the spiritual.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that you have given me and made me through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.
Ruth 1 v 21…..I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?