A famine at home forced the family of four to move to a foreign land. They left behind their kin, the culture they knew, their faith base, and all else that mattered to find food. The family made the move to survive, to be in a better situation.
In smaller ways we do this all the time. We make a little change here or there seeking to be happier, healthier, or somehow better off. Sometimes we too make larger changes. Maybe you have moved to a new city or state or even country to have a better ‘opportunity’. If you have done this, you can relate to this family – strangers in a foreign land.
Just as they were getting settled, the father dies. The mother at least has her two sons. They each eventually marry a foreign woman. The sons are happy and the possibility of grandchildren may some day bless her life. Slowly the foreign land becomes les foreign as they learn the ways and begin to put down roots. Ten years later, no grandkids. Both boys die. She is left with just two daughters-in-law. And more pain and loss.
Perhaps a change you have made did not work out either. Maybe the job wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Maybe something outside of your control changed your situation too. Maybe like you, this woman found herself in a tight spot. Virtually alone in a foreign land, she turned to her foundation, to God. In Him she laid her trust. In Him she laid her future. Although tragic to this point, it is just the beginning of her story. In the end it is a story of God’s blessings. Hold onto God. He wants to bless you too.
Scripture reference: Ruth 1: 1-5