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Tracy McCarter

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Posted 3/26/09 at 1:30 PM | Tracy McCarter

Through the Storm

By Kimberly Cash-Tate

Naomi knew who she was. She was a wife and mother. She was from the nation of Israel, a follower of God, and she was blessed by God. Life wasn't easy-they had to leave their native Bethlehem and journey to foreign soil to escape famine-but with her family and her God, she could weather the storm.

But then her husband died. And a few years later, both of her sons died. The storm, now fierce and raging, ravaged her soul, told her everything had changed. She was no longer a wife and mother. And while she still had a relationship with God, she was no longer in His favor, certainly no longer blessed, "for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me," she said (Ruth 1:13).

The storm convinced her that her very identity had changed. Her name, Naomi, meant "pleasant." But when she returned to Bethlehem without her husband and sons, she told the women, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara [which means ‘bitter'], for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?" (Ruth 1:20-21). FULL POST