|Naomi with Ruth and Orpah (Chagall, 1960)|
Our God, who seems "hidden" in the ways that he works; our God whom the world considers foolish and weak, in fact is the God who is the God of the impossible possibilties. He is the God who takes the unexpected and brings great expectations out of it. He is the God who is able to create something out of what looks like nothing (and often is). He is the God who is resurrection and life, the God of the Great Reversal and Exchange! Both Ruth and Hannah bear witness to this, and through their witness bearing they have been used of God (and blessed of God) to be part of that great mediation that has brought salvation to the Nations (per the promise to Abraham).
Weary saint, don't give up! Do you feel like your plight is mundane, normal, or even cursed? Just remember Ruth and Hannah and how God providentially worked through those circumstances (through their personal circumstances). Don't you think that you worship and follow the same God?