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The
Broken
Places

Ruth 1:19-22
So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Na-o'mi? And she said unto them, Call me not Na-o'mi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Na-o'mi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? So Na-o'mi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
The broken places within us are the cracks in our souls where God pours his anointed purpose. Broken and bowed over, and holding onto the Rock, Jesus, the Son of God, holding on because we have nowhere else to go, holding on because there is no one else to turn to, so broken and tired, so fractured and alone, to whom shall we turn to but the God of our salvation, the very one, the only one with the power and love to take the time to heal our broken places, to renew our hope, and give us a tablespoon of himself to refresh our spirit, and cause us to look up, to hold our heads high and know that he is God, that he is our strength.

Pain and suffering is an intrinsic part of what it means to be a Christian. We cannot escape it no matter how far we run, or how long we hide from who we really are in God. On the other side of pain we find joy unspeakable, but first we have to wade through the debris that life throws our way and become perpetually baptized in the spirit of God, who will lead us through the forest of doubt and confusion.

God is our bridge to the other side of pain, because if he allowed it in our lives you can be sure that your pain has a purpose. We don't like to acknowledge that fact, but nevertheless, it is true. It's just that no one likes to be uncomfortable or to experience pain and suffering. 
We'd rather bypass it altogether, but we cannot, for it is the prerequisite prior to entering into the Gates of Heaven, into the eternal presence of the Lord. Jesus told us as much when he said,
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). Jesus was not going on a vacation, he was going to the cross of affliction, pain, suffering and death. 

We also must bear our own specific cross of affliction, dependent upon our purpose and what God has predetermined are the ingredients necessary to prepare us for our destiny and purpose.
The broken places within us screams sometimes for balm, for an easing away from the pain, an out if you will, but we cannot opt out of the pain, otherwise we opt out of our purpose, and without purpose we have no significant life to live.

Naomi lost her husband and her two sons, and was left with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who had also lost her husband, one of Naomi's sons. But therein lies the blessing, in what you have left after you have walked through the pain. 
God takes what you have left and blesses you through it. Naomi's daughter-in-law gave birth to the lineage of Jesus Christ, the son of God. 

God will take what we perceive to be nothing and turn it into everything. He is so powerful that he can build a nation or a church out of one seed. This is the God we serve, and he is all powerful.
Naomi was so broken that she did not want to be called Naomi (pleasant) any longer but Mara (bitter), because she felt that the Lord had taken all from her and she had nothing of value left. 

But it is in the broken places where miracles are born. If you are broken, and lingering in a place of despair because of pain and loss, don't give up but look up because your broken places are your places of new birth, just wait on it, and cling to God with your all. 

He will never leave you or forsake you because if he has taken anything or anyone from you, know then that it is because he has a miracle waiting in the wings for the right time and the right place to arrive on the center stage of your life, transforming your life into something that is indescribably awesome. One day you will find yourself laughing once again because of the blessings of the Lord, blessings that he has stored up for you before the foundation of the world was laid. We cannot foresee the tremendous blessings that God has for us, but if we would but listen to our hearts we will hear the sound of miracles marching steadily towards us. 
The truth is that God is all powerful and able to feed over five thousand men, women and children with five loaves of bread and two fishes and have baskets of leftovers. So that no matter what you have left after your trials and tribulations, God is able to bless you so well that you will have such an abundance that you will have leftovers, baskets overflowing with blessings.

Never lose faith in God because he and he alone will take you to your own specific Promised Land. It may seem like it will never come, that you have waited and waited only to be bombarded with loss after loss, but if you will take a closer look you will find the blessings in the pain, the abundance in the loss, hidden and not obvious. Naomi could not yet see that Ruth was set to be the center of her blessings.

Ruth 4:13-17
So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Na-o'mi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter-in-law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him. And Na-o'mi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Na-o'mi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
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