Today, we will be exploring the lives of a leader who I believe made a huge difference in her day but very little is known about her. This leader is a woman by the name of Naomi. When I started studying the life of Naomi, I came across something very interesting, she was a leader who bore so much for and had the weight of her entire family on her.
The story of Naomi is found in the book of Ruth in the Bible. This little known leader started as a wife and mother but eventually lost everything. What really happened to her that shaped her as a leader? Let’s find out.
Naomi (which means good, sweet or pleasant in Hebrew) was married to a man named Elimelech, and they lived in Bethlehem (in the province of Judea) with their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. When famine stroke Judea, Naomi and her husband journeyed to Moab where they settled. Naomi’s two sons got married to two young women (Ruth and Orpah). But things went horribly wrong for Naomi, tragedy struck Moab and Naomi’s husband (Elimelech) died. Shortly after that, her two sons died. This meant that she had no family member left in Moab. Her two daughters-in-law also had no husband or son to rely on.
Despite these tragedies, Naomi was steadfast. She was greatly admired by Ruth who decided to follow her and serve her God. Ruth saw in Naomi a leader, a role model and a mother. Ruth would have comfortably remarried in Moab but she knew that the God of Naomi was the true God.
Naomi took Ruth under her wings and they travelled back to Judea. But as things unfolded, Ruth met a man named Boaz, this man fell in love with Ruth but Ruth was hesitant to marry Boaz until Naomi advised her to get married to Boaz. This man became the provider and the helper of both Naomi and Ruth. Their family flourished again and they gave birth to their first son by the name Obed who became the father of David. Here is what Ruth said:
“Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth” (Ruth 4:14–15).
The story of Naomi is a story of courage, leadership and perseverance. God’s time is always the best and when it is due season, He (God) shows up.
Go and lead !!!