Blog Title: everything Orpah
About Me: I’m recently widowed, adrift in an endless sea with no direction. Join me as I journey to find myself.
Intended Audience: Women at a crossroads in life searching for direction and meaning. A blog stop on the self-help circuit.
10 years. Widowed after just 10 years. At first I wasn’t alone. I had my mother-in-law Naomi and my sister-in-law Ruth. We were three widows united by a bond of sorrow. Until the day I broke that bond by turning my back on Naomi and Ruth.
We were on our way from Moab to Bethlehem. Naomi stopped and told us to go back to our homeland and cried. But Ruth and I insisted we wanted to go with her. Still, Naomi entreated us to leave her:
Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD’s hand has turned against me! (Ruth 1:11-14 NIV)
I was at a crossroads in my life. I could turn my back on the place of my birth, on everything familiar and safe or I could turn my back on two women I’d known for only 10 years. It was a difficult choice. Naomi had been like a real mother to me. Her strength in the face of adversity was an inspiration, but if her own Lord had turned against her, then what sense did it make to follow her? Wouldn’t I just be borrowing more trouble for myself?
Now I am alone and facing an uncertain future. I’d like to believe that I have a purpose in this life, but how do I discover what that purpose is? How do I make my life valuable?
Oh, Orpah! We miss you dearly. Our mother-in-law suffered many hardships in her life, but she never lost hope. She had courage to face whatever bad things happened to her because God was by her side. I found the courage in the Lord to leave everything familiar. He can make you brave too!
God has a purpose for you Orpah! The first step in finding your place in this world is recognizing His awesome power and love for you! In the midst of life’s storms, we must trust in God’s grace to see us through! When you put your trust in the Lord, your life becomes invaluable.
Ruth and Naomi’s story is one of my very favorites, but I had other ideas for the letters ‘R’ and ‘N’ in the challenge, so I used Orpah as a way to include them.