Pleasant and Beautiful
“So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the Country of Moab” (Ruth 2.6 NKJV).
Naomi comes back to her hometown of Bethlehem very bitter after losing both her sons and her husband, and she tells the town’s people to call her “Mara,” which means bitter. Even though Naomi gives herself another name, it does not stick. Through out the rest of the Book of Ruth and all of history, she is known as Noami, which means pleasant and beautiful. Many times we (and others) try to give ourselves very negative names — fat, ugly, stupid, lazy, weak, worthless, insignificant, used-up, hopeless, angry, hurt and ruined. However, these names do not stick because the blood of Jesus continually washes us clean — not by our effort but by His sacrifice. Not because we deserve, but because God loves us. God has named us His children and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8.17 NIV), and the value of those names cannot be shaken. No matter our circumstances, He sees us as He saw Naomi — pleasant and beautiful in how He designed each of us. When we get to know our Creator and daily seek His Spirit, we will be filled with His many precious thoughts concerning us and finally embrace how He sees us!
“How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139.17 AMP).