Ruth 1:9, NIV
Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud…
In the Scripture, the husband of Naomi unexpectedly died, then ten years later both of her married sons died. Heartbroken and destitute, Naomi decided to move back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-law Ruth refused to leave her, but Orpah did. Naomi could have felt betrayed and angry, but instead, she kissed Orpah goodbye. Orpah represented Naomi’s hurts, disappointments, and broken dreams. Naomi was saying by her actions, “Life hasn’t been fair, but God can turn this to my advantage,” which is exactly what happened later in Bethlehem.
When life doesn’t turn out the way you thought, you have to learn to kiss negative things goodbye. People may walk away. It’s tempting to get bitter, hold a grudge, lose your passion. You have to kiss the bitterness goodbye, kiss the person that left you goodbye, kiss the dream that didn’t work out goodbye. You can’t embrace the new things God has in store as long as you’re holding on to the old.
Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are able to take the most unfair situations and turn them into positives. Thank You that You are directing my steps even through the hurts, the questions, and the disappointments. Help me learn to accept Your plan, kiss the negatives goodbye, and move on. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”