“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to 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.”
Writing on Ruth has proven to be more difficult than I imagined. After all, she’s one of the heroes of the Bible, I mean there is so much to be said about her that one could write novels (I think someone has.) When I look at Ruth, I see pieces of myself within her, but I also see pieces of her heart that I aspire to have one day.Ruth is truly one of the most inspiring women in the Bible. Could you imagine being a princess, sitting in the lap of luxury, with everything you wanted at your beck and call, and giving it all up? I mean that’s what the world aspires to these days, we want everything handed to us on a silver platter, we want all of the reward, with none of the work.
As I was reading Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere for another small group, I came across a paragraph that explained everything Christ followers gained when they gave up their lives to follow Jesus. There were several things listed but one of them that spoke to my heart stated that Christ-followers gave up a life of luxury, and gained a life of eternal love. I mean, wow. If there’s one thing that inspires me the most about Ruth, it’s her faith. There are so many days that I stress over where I’m going, and how I’m going to get there, and the type of life I’ll lead, and if I’ll have everything I need. But, here was a woman who had all she needed, and gave it up because of her love for God, and His love for her. I so hope when God calls, I’ll be as willing to leave everything behind, and follow Him, even through the mud and grime.
Not only is Ruth’s humility inspiring, but her relationship with Naomi is as well. It’s a relationship that I find myself so fortunate to have. When Ruth said, “Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay..” it wasn’t out of fear of being alone, or because she was just so daggum clingy. It was because she trusted Naomi, she trusted that she knew what was best for her, she trusted that Naomi had her best interest at heart. The same trust that Ruth shared with Naomi, is the trust that I share with my Heather. It’s hard to understand that line until you find someone who gives you an idea of why she would say it. I’ve said plenty of times, “If you move, I am hiding in your trunk and coming with you,” to Heather. Maybe she thinks I’m kidding, but I’m not. I would take on every pothole in the trunk of a hot and smelly car (not saying her car is smelly) if it meant staying close to her.
I wish more people would understand how important this part of Ruth’s story is. Ruth wouldn’t be a hero, without the relationship she had with Naomi. Naomi was the relationship that introduced her to the One and Only, the one who planted seeds in her heart, and raised her up into the leader she would one day be. It is so important that we find people who do the same for us, that as we are being sewn into, we sew into others.
In the end of Ruth’s story, she ends up being in the lineage of Jesus himself. It’s amazing how God will truly bring us into His family, if only we turn our backs on our own ways. There’s so much more I could say about Ruth, about her obedience, and her tenacity, but if there’s anything I learn from this woman, I hope it’s humility, and trust. I pray I can lay down my life, and take up my cross, and I pray I can trust God to see me through it. Amen.
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