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I am not a blogger or a writer.  I think, except for an occasional post on facebook, this will be the first time I have EVER attempted to write……..and it may be the last.  However, I was reading my Bible this morning and I came across a passage, that I had read before, and it “struck” me a new way.  (Has that ever happened to you?)

I was reading Ruth 1:19-22.  The very last section of verse 22 says “...They arrived……at the beginning of the barley harvest.”  And I just went WHOA!!!!!   How perfect was that.  Now if you do not know the story of  Naomi and Ruth, I’m not going to spoil it for you……read the book of Ruth, its only 4 chapters, tragedy at the beginnng but the rest is  full of hope and love.  But what I do want to share with you are the thoughts I came away with after reading those 9 words.


Did Ruth and Naomi know they would be arriving in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest?  I doubt it……..but God did.  (GOD’S TIMING)

Did they plan their trip around the beginning of the barley harvest?  I doubt it…but God did.  (GOD’S TIMING)

Did they have any idea of the significance of the timing of their arrival? I doubt it…but God did. (GOD’S TIMING)

After reading these few verses/words, all I could think of was “How perfect is God’s timing.”   Its almost as if He knew what was going to happen.  It almost makes one think God knew all along what was going to happen to Naomi and Ruth.  ( I want to put smiley faces here, or jj, or some kind of hashtag,)  because I want you to know that I DO believe that God knew all along what was going to happen. This is easy for me to say at this  moment because I am not going through some tragedy, or something unpleasant at the moment.  But, sisters, I have to tell you that when tragedy has struck at my house, it is very difficult to say those words, let alone believe them.  It’s much easier on the other side, when I have already come through something.  So I write these words to give hope and encouragment to not only you, but also to myself.  When trouble comes, I can go back and read these words to remind myself that God already knew.  Nothing surprises Him.  He never says, “Oh dear, what now?” God never worries, or loses sleep, or wrings His hands.  I can almost imagine Him saying, ” I GOT THIS!!!”

 Naomi and Ruth suffered a terrible tragedy. I KNOW the grief they felt was oftentimes overwhelming and consuming. Girls, I cannot explain to you the comfort, hope and encouragement I received from reading those 9 words….”They arrived…..at the beginning of the barley harvest.”  And I am sure, some of you are wondering “what is the significance of arriving at the beginning of the barley harvest”. Well……   I guess you will have to read the rest of the story.

From all of us at Alaska Christian Women….. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.


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