No hope. That’s how Naomi felt. She saw nothing good or positive about her situation. She didn’t know or understand how there could be anything good around her and as a result, she pushed away everyone near her. Read Ruth 1:10-13.
would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me.”
Ruth 1:13 NASB
Naomi’s daughters-in-law want to stay with her, but she can’t figure out why anyone would want to stay with her. She has nothing. Nothing to offer. Nothing to give. No hope. Not only does she believe that God has taken everything away from her, but she even says that the Lord is moving against her.
Yet, as we move through the story, we see that is not exactly true. She is just seeing her situation through this current lens and she doesn’t see it as God sees it. If we have God, we have hope. We don’t have to understand exactly how or why God is moving to be able to trust that He is moving. We want to see. We want to feel that it’s all coming together, but we have to trust that God knows and understands so much more that we ever could.
Will we trust Him? Don’t lose hope. God is still in control. And, He will continue to be in control. Through Him, we always have hope.