Discouragement and depression can suck the hope right out of our hearts. The 18th Century English poet, William Cowper knew that. He had a really hard life, even after he came to faith in Jesus. With the encouragement of his pastor, John Newton, William Cowper penned these soul-challenging words,
“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.”
Ruth and Naomi learned that important lesson. As they began to see God’s smiling face, even in their extreme difficulties, the seeds of hope began to germinate in their parched souls. And, that budding hope led to a most unusual wedding proposal.