It’s never as bad as all that! – Ruth 1: 19 – 22
Naomi arrives back in Bethlehem and she is in quite a poor state, things have changed but they are about to change again.
There was a change of her condition.
Ten years previously Naomi had left the town she lived in. She left ‘full’, she wasn’t poor, this was a fairly wealthy family. But now she returns home. The whole town are stirred, shaken and unsettled. The women of the town look a bit closer and exclaim ‘ Can this be Naomi?’ They looked at her condition, her appearance and said ‘You’ve lost some weight, you look pale, have you stopped using conditioner, are those grey hairs natural or have you added them – is this really you Naomi?’
Naomi’s appearance is a reflection of all the hardship that she has faced.
‘Can this be Naomi?’ is a question that cuts deep into her, for she has changed so much.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Message says “And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
But the reverse is also true.
The diminishing of the glory of God can be seen on a person as well as the ever-increasing glory. Everyone has the opportunity to turn around, turn away for an easier life, more comfortable life, less passionate about Christ and His Church. People won’t even have to hear your sad story. They will see it on your face.