The Lord Has Afflicted Me


This area of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains is called the “Fallen City” because the toppled rocks have a geometrical shape, thus resembling buildings that have fallen. Geologists believe this occurrence was due to upheaval.

Upheaval occurs in nature, and it occurs in our lives too, often leaving us feeling toppled in the wake of affliction.

“I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Ruth 1:21.

Naomi is one who dealt with terrible adversity, and she didn’t hide her pain. She had lost her husband, as well as her two sons while the family was in Moab during a famine in her homeland of Judah. She returns to Judah years later, with a daughter-in-law and a lot of grief.

Naomi was honest in her struggle and wrestling with her sovereign, almighty God who could have prevented her heartache, but chose not to. She faced her grief, but she never disowned her God.

Have you ever gone through pain so unimaginable that it left you feeling this way? I know I have. Thankfully, if you turn forward a few pages in the Bible and look at her story down the road, you’ll see her pain has turned to absolute joy! It takes a while, and it’s a process, but eventually Naomi’s journey takes her to places she never dreamed of.

I like that during the painful process, Naomi fully faced and embraced her grief. God didn’t expect her to hide it, and He doesn’t expect us to either.

As you face adversity, which we eventually all do, remember Naomi. Like the “Fallen City,” her life appeared to be laying in ruins. But by being willing to journey with God through the pain He could have fixed, but chose not to, she was able to see a greater plan unfold. And it was a redemptive plan that would affect every generation.

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