Ruth 1:1-22, “Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her”
Sometime back my pastor talked about making Godly decisions. Decisions that will not only affect you today but for many days, months and even years to come. We have talked about the same with the life of Ruth and Naomi making decisions to change locations when there appeared to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
Ruth 1:18, “When she saw that she was determined to go with her (Naomi), she stopped speaking to her. vs. 19, “Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem…” I want us to see something from this story. Naomi went to Moab a land where she could not fit in and Ruth was now heading to a land where she did not fit in. Both of them could not go back to the past they could not fit in anymore. They embarked on a journey to find a place to fit it in. They had been told that Bethlehem had been remembered by God and God had graciously provided for His people but the question is, would these two women fit in? They journeyed to a blessed land, a land visited by God. That is definitely making a Godly decision for God is our only source and refuge.
Naomi is like the prodigal daughter who left home with so much and now she was coming back empty handed, she did not even want to be called the pleasant one anymore the way her name suggests. All she wanted was to be called Mara which means the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. She was looking at herself as a failure however when the arrived, they were both welcomed and embraced regardless of where they had been. People did not care about Naomi’s history, they cared for who she was and had always been. Even through all the afflictions, later you will hear of how she maintained her integrity. Through her life style, she builds the life of Ruth who was spoken highly of for she had one of the best characters anyone could ever admire.
Orpah cared much about what could benefit her rather than how they could team together and progress. Many have friends when they have everything together, a true friend will stick by your side when you need them the most, during trying times. When the going became tough, she abandoned the other two and went back to where she came from while these two moved to new dimensions.
Something about Ruth, she was compassionate, she took to heart what her mother in law taught. The future may have not been promising but she stuck by Naomi for comfort, for strength and for encouragement. Friendship has no boundaries, no age barriers, no timing. It has everything to do with commitment and investment. A friend to fight with, a friend to tell about what you are dealing with, a friend’s shoulder to cry on, a friend to encourage and let you know it will be alright, a friend to go an extra mile. Blessings Ev