Names had such significance to ancient peoples. I can only wonder at the names Naomi and Elimelech placed upon their sons. Was it their reflection of God speaking? Of the times? Of the condition of their own faith? I can only speculate, but to call your first born son sick and your other son pining, one canít help wanting to enter into fuller understanding of their hearts. Theyíd lived only ten years in Moab, from the absence of Godís presence, before the last male of Naomiís little family died. So her children here children had brought their names with them from Israel. Somehow Naomiís and Elimelechís hopelessness reaches through the pages of time and pricks at my heart.
Will time paint the same picture of me it was painting of Naomi? Will the seasons of my discouragement rename me? I pray not. Though named Naomi, My Delight, somewhere within her journey Naomi renames herself with a reflection of her soul...Mara, Bitterness. Whether lifeís circumstances had brought her to this place, or her inner-spiritís bleakness painted this view of her life, her pain is real. Just as real as the season of my own pain. But God holds out a promise for my heart. A promise held in the naming that was mine before a single foundations of the world was laid down.
Scripture tells me that my own name is Naomi ... I hear the Ever-Existing Eternal One, the Lord My Righteousness calling me My Delight. It doesnít matter the brush with which I try to name myself, God knows me as the Delight of His heart. Oh, what place of joy, what place of refreshment. And what unfathomable love of God that will not allow Ďbitternessí to remain, but will bring my soulís Ruth to restore my knowledge that God has named me for Himself ... named me My Delight.
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How precious to know the Father's Great Love for us and that He has a most precious name for us in Heaven. You and and all His Adopoted sons and daughters are His Delight!Beautiful Words,Thanks,In Christ Jesus,Dee:)
Praise God! Your insight is always such a delight, DeAnna! and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God."
HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! Makes me want to dance! I was sitting back in my chair, relaxed as could be, prepared to let the Lord have His own way. And now, I sit on the very edge of my seat, His own Spirit dancing inside of me. Oh, the Lord is good. His mercy endures forever. And "Naomi" is such a wonderful name among the many names He gives to us. Of all those names though, the one I love best is told us in scripture: "I will write upon them MY new name." :::smile::: Oh, how I love the Lord Jesus.
This is beautiful DeAnna, it really spoke to my heart.(Is. 43:1-Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; YOU ARE MINE. What a blessedness to know that He Himself has named us, and that we belong to Him.
Just beautiful, DeAnna! Loved every line. And Sharon's scripture was one that has been precious to me as well. I read Ruth this morning, too. :)