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Let’s delve into chapter 1 of Ruth shall we?
You will experience the fullness of the story if you read on your own and then join me back here. The word is alive and active and we can always glean more, even if we have already visited a certain field and thought we found all that was there. What I share is what the Lord showed me. If you have found a truth not shared, please feel free to comment with the wisdom you discover!
As you read, I want the words to paint a motion picture in your mind.
Ruth loved her mother-in-law very much. She had grown so close to her over the years, even after the death of all their husbands. She continued to learn from Naomi and felt deeply connected to her.
Ruth was there when Naomi made the hard decision to leave the place her husband had led them to when the famine hit their home land years ago. She watched her, and saw her relationship with her God. She the good and the bad. She saw how Naomi kept going, kept up the faith.
They had packed and were ready to make their journey back to Bethlehem from their current residence in Moab.
Ruth saw how Naomi’s God must be in the business of protecting and providing good for His people. After all, it was Elimelech and Naomi’s family journey to Ruth’s homeland of Moab that had brought Ruth and her husband together in the first place.
If they had not left and came to Moab, they might have never met. How she relished this story of their lives and longed to be with her mother-in-law through whatever came their way.
She desired a relationship with this God that Naomi loved so much. She knew Naomi was hurt and going through many emotions. Naomi felt emptied, poor and like she had nothing left to give her daughter-in-laws.
This was made clear when Naomi stopped in her tracks on the beginning of their journey back to Israel. She poured her heart out to the young girls and they all cried together. Orpah eventually decided she was probably right, and she went back to her own family, where possibilities for another husband and hope for a brighter future seemed within reach.
Ruth looked up at the hot sky. She closed her eyes and thought of Naomi’s God. How could she possibly leave Naomi’s side? She was like a mother to her. They had been through thick and thin together. The loss of their husbands may have been the hardest thing they ever went through, but they went through it together.
No. She had made up her mind. She didn’t have to have a husband right now. She needed to be with Naomi. Naomi needed support right now more then ever.
When she told Naomi the news of her decision, Naomi used Orpah as an example. But Ruth was already determined and made it clear in a loving way, so Naomi stopped trying to get her to change her mind.
Naomi had inwardly longed for Ruth’s company the whole time, but she knew she had to leave that up to the Lord to decide. She didn’t want to guilt Ruth into making this trek. She wanted to put Ruth’s needs before her own. Ruth had been there by her side this whole time. How could she ask her of such a thing? But now she knew it was in His will for Ruth to go along.
Naomi breathed a sigh of relief. She had been so devastated by all the loss lately, she honestly couldn’t imagine Ruth not going along – but she was ready to go back to her homeland either way because she knew it was where God was leading.
From this point, they made their way back to Israel, together -the way God had intended. He was going to use this very journey for their good, and for the good of all mankind.
Join us next week as we continue on with chapter 2…
I hope you enjoyed reading my take on chapter 1 of the story. I love to picture myself jumping back in time into the story and imagine how things played out. Know that this is my take, a paraphrased version of sorts. I encourage you to read it verse by verse in whatever translation you feel led to!
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