A Mentor Blessed Jul3

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A Mentor Blessed

Naomi and Ruth.  A mother and daughter-in-law who found themselves walking together through life because of unfortunate circumstances that came their way.  While life was uncertain and seemed hopeless, God drew them together at a time they both needed each other.  It's most often mentioned how much mentoring impacts the lives of the mentees, yet through this story I want us to see how Naomi found herself blessed and her life redeemed through the companionship of her "mentee", Ruth.

Naomi, living in a country that was not her home, lost her husband.  While living there, her two sons both married women - women who were not part of their "people" nor believed in their God (I'm guessing some of you mothers have experienced this same thing??).  Then ten years later, both of Naomi's sons died, leaving her in a foreign land with no husband nor sons.  Certainly a rough season of life for her.  Maybe the circumstances aren't exactly the same, but I'm sure we have all walked through a similarly hard season - a time "God dealt [you] a hard blow," as Naomi put it.  Yet God shows up and blesses her in an unforeseen way.  While Naomi forcefully tells her daughters-in-law to both go back to live with their parents, to remarry, and to make a new life for themselves, Ruth refuses.  Instead of taking the option that is easiest for herself, she embraces Naomi.  And true to her name, Ruth gives Naomi a companion.

Fast forward and you'll see that through the encouragement and direction Naomi gave Ruth, Ruth and Boaz marry and have a son - redeeming Naomi as well as leaving her a royal lineage - including King David as well as one day the much anticipated Messiah, Jesus.

You see, while Ruth was blessed in many ways through her loyalty and love for Naomi, Naomi is the one who I see as gaining the most.  God placed her in a relationship to guide and encourage Ruth, and through this relationship, not only was she no longer alone, but her world went from grieving and hopeless to full of hope and love.

Naomi was a mentor who was blessed - blessed in so many ways by her "girl", a girl whom she originally saw as an outsider, a girl that had very little to nothing in common with her, yet divinely found herself walking alongside her at a time Naomi needed it most.

"Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel.  May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!” Ruth 4:14-15

How have you as a mentor been blessed by your "girls"?

How has God used them to carry you through a season in a way you never expected?

 

For His glory and the next generation,

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Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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