Born into all-consuming, utterly dark chaos. The land of Moab. It is here that God chooses to bring his chosen Ruth into the world. Into a land where it is encouraged rather than frowned upon to take hold of fleshly yearnings and just have at ‘em. A whatever-floats-your-boat type of place. Sound familiar?
So to the eyes which have beheld much sin, to the lips which have most likely uttered praises to many other “gods,” Ruth’s one true Creator reveals himself. In an unlikely marriage to a man from God’s own Bethlehem, Ruth essentially “inherits” a new religion, a new God. When her new inheritance is shaken and she is left husbandless, the situation has the potential to be ultimately superficial. Left alone with her mother-in-law, Ruth eloquently expresses her faith and true commitment to God.
“Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go: wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” (Ruth 1:16)
Here, even as tears are streaming down her face, even as she walks away from the only place she has ever called home, having just lost the person she has come to call home, Ruth rises beautifully from the ashes of hopelessness. Her confession of devotion to Naomi powerfully echoes God’s own promise to his people.
What a passionately personal covenant. It is here in this moment that I believe Ruth really began to glow with the presence of the Lord. She began to develop a supernatural spark in her eyes as she rose to fulfill a role she never planned to assume. Just a small sip from the “peaceful stream” of the Spirit (Psalm 23: 2), and she is risen.
Let’s pause here and just bask in this supernatural presence which descends upon us when call upon the name of the Lord. Yes, there is a whole lot we can’t see or understand in this huge spiritual battle, but the beautiful fingerprints of God are oh-so-apparent both then and now with those who walk in him. The world perceives it as a mysterious presence…some sort of aura…vibrant and contagious. This is the mark of grace.
So as Ruth takes her first step of faith, I imagine the great cloud of unseen warriors surrounding her and God himself smiling upon his daughter. Little does she know that he has entrusted to her a whole lot more than she will see in her lifetime. Our lovely Ruth risen from Moab to Bethlehem will go on to become the great-grandmother of King David, paving the way to Jesus Christ. Wow.
So when I think of Ruth and the many other men and women that God never fails to redeem, I am overcome with awe. I feel deeply…honored that he has entrusted to me his own spirit. He has made promises to me! He created a perfect story and decided to use me as his hands and feet!
“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
And out of all these glorious, lovely things that he has made, we are his masterpiece. The beautiful wonders in the sky do not compare in his eyes to each unique person who is woven intricately into his plan. All else will fade away, yet we will remain. This day, this generation, this kingdom has been entrusted unto me and unto you. The words we speak, the way we live, the prayers we pray are paving the way to the very generation who will stand when Christ comes and the kingdom is made perfect.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says,
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.”
Therefore, I can step forward holding tightly to the hand which never wavers, knowing that his kingdom is within and among us. – Rebecca
Rebecca Ryan is a twenty four year old Birmingham native with a heart for music, nature and the written word. When it comes to life, she has decided to put the pen down and let the true author take over, as His story is the only one truly worth reading. To read Rebecca’s full BoP Bio, click here.