Does parenting ever really end?
From #MomLife: An 8-Day Devotional
Are your children grown and out of the house?
Married with their own families?
Are you an empty nester and wondering what’s next?
Whatever our stage in life, our ministry is never over, and there is no better example than the life of Naomi.
Naomi lost everything, even her husband (Ruth 1:3) and both of her sons (Ruth 1:5). A devout Jewish woman, Naomi was left with two Moabite women in her charge. Heading back home she encouraged them to also go back home. She had nothing for them. One left and returned to her people. The other, Ruth, “clung” to her, pleaded with her to let her stay, and at that moment, accepted her God.
A mother’s work is never done, and even when your kids are grown and gone [...] God still has a plan for the wisdom and care He’s built in you.
What a witness Naomi’s life must have been. Ruth refused the opportunity to return home. She turned from her religion and accepted the God of Israel. This must have brought joy to Naomi, through her grief, as she made a bold move and continued to disciple this young woman.
Neither knew their future as they set out to Judah. But, Naomi knew it was her calling to shepherd Ruth toward three keys of wisdom.
Wisdom for protection by instructing her how to work the field (Ruth 2:22).
Wisdom about how to secure her future by “flirting” with Boaz (Ruth 3:1-4).
Wisdom to have patience and wait for Boaz to do the right thing (Ruth 3:18).
A mother’s work is never done, and even when your kids are grown and gone, or perhaps you’ve outlived one or more of them, God still has a plan for the wisdom and care He’s built in you. Naomi received Ruth as her own daughter and eventually became the great-grandmother to King David.
Naomi pushed through the pain and the emptiness that often accompanies outliving loved ones to continue what God called her to do, and He blessed her beyond what could be imagined. Ruth and Boaz married and had a son named Obed. Naomi’s role wasn’t over. She took the baby and became his nanny (Ruth 4:16). The wisdom from her life with the Lord could now be shared with her grandchild.
Because Naomi remained a witness in her home ...
… an unlikely woman, whose country represented temptation and trouble for Israel, believed and followed God.
… this unlikely woman, Ruth, married again and birthed a son.
… she became the great-grandmother to King David whose lineage eventually birthed Jesus.
- How can Naomi’s story encourage you in your season of life?
- Have you ever considered that there are other “children” that may need your wisdom to navigate a life lived in Christ?
- What is one thing you can do today to start a journey to share wisdom with a new believer?