Ever been so sure of something and then been surprised when it turned out different than you thought? Naomi experienced that. Read Ruth 2:17-19.
Her mother-in-law then said to her, “Where did you glean today and where did you work? May he who took notice of you be blessed.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
Ruth 2:19 NASB
Naomi had all but given up. She didn’t even go help Ruth when she volunteered to go glean. She knew she was abandoned and she wasn’t going to do anything more. So Ruth went.
Then Ruth came back and, wow, all the things she brought back. It was obvious that Ruth had worked hard, but it was equally obvious that she had some help. Naomi was forced to admit that she might not be completely abandoned after all.
No matter what situation we find ourselves in, God is bigger and better than our circumstances. God brings the right help along at just the right time. We may think we see a situation one way, but have to realize that God is the one truly in control. Are we open to being surprised by God? Will we continue to seek Him even when situations don’t appear to be hopeful?