But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die and there I will be buried.” – Ruth 1:16:17
Her name literally means “friendship” and Ruth demonstrated this undying bond to her mother-in-law by urging Naomi not to send her away. With conviction and passion in her voice Ruth convinces Naomi to take her with her on her journey to Bethlehem.
Naomi gave Ruth an “out” of their circumstances by telling her to return to her mother. Go back to the comforts of her home and her people instead of a being a foreigner in a strange land. But Ruth did not want to abandon her mother-in-law. She loved and cared for her deeply and was willing to give up her land, people, and culture to face uncertainty in a foreign land.
The word “willing” is such a strong and powerful word. Oxford Dictionary defines willing as: ready, eager, or prepared to do something. This certainly describes the character of Ruth and why I admire her. Ruth was willing to step out, leave her comfort zone and embrace change.
We live in a society where we are not willing to do what needs to be done in order to achieve success. We want everything handed to us. We don’t want to work for it. We cause a scene at work wondering why we were passed by for the promotion. Not thinking it’s because we don’t put in the extra, time hours or research needed to get the promotion. We have an attitude of entitlement.
I’m sorry to say we don’t live in a world of entitlement just because you feel it is owed to you somehow. The world doesn’t work that way, our job does not work that way and our God does not work that way. God is looking for those who are willing to step out on faith and do what He has called us to do.
I’m currently experiencing my own season of willingness to leave my comfort zone and embrace change. I’ve been at my full-time job for almost three years now. I don’t plan on going anywhere and would very much like to retire from there too. I see myself advancing into a higher position at some point. But that could require different hours, leaving a school I’m familiar with and the people I’ve come to respect. But if I want that higher position I have to be willing to take the necessary steps to do so. I’m willing to step out on faith and let God lead me, are you?-Tonya
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.