Speak the Truth:
Ruth 1: 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Talk the Talk:
God has a sense of humor. The first half of my life I spent afraid of flying. It wasn’t the heights that bothered me. It was that I didn’t know who was flying the plane and I certainly didn’t know the people sitting around me. And here I was, putting my life in the hands of an unknown pilot, and soaring thousands of feet above hard ground and my illusion of control. Fast forward and I marry Jeromy. Jeromy’s lifelong dream? To become a pilot. Years of marriage and children ‘flew’ by, two careers, many, many trips….but no pursuing of the pilot’s license. Then, a chain of events as he was turning 40 resulted in me being married to a pilot. Now…..we fly. Now….we fly a lot. Now, we fly a lot in a small plane. This might freak some people out, but I have to tell you….I am a thousand times more comfortable with my husband as the pilot than with an unknown stranger. Why, you might ask? Because I know him. I trust him. I trust his preparation. I trust his integrity. I trust his cautiousness. I trust his meticulous nature. I trust his ability to care for me and our children. I trust that he would do NOTHING to compromise our safety. I trust him.
Ruth and Naomi have always meant a lot to me. Maybe because I was orphaned as a young adult and blessed with a mother figure in my life. However, as I grow older and mature, I see more in this book, and especially this passage. Ruth clung to Naomi, begging her not to send her back. Ruth was determined and she bound herself to following God. This meant that she turned away from how she was brought up and clung to her mother-in-law and her faith. Can you imagine how frightening this must have been? She was leaving everything and Naomi knew it would be a rough road, one they might not survive. Naomi thought the girls should go back. Go back to their mothers, who could prepare them for whatever lay ahead. But Ruth knew going back would mean returning to her family, but also returning to their gods. Their false gods. Ruth loved her mother in law, but she was also binding herself to Yahweh. Think of the trust required when we turn away from everything we know and fully embrace Truth. When we follow Jesus, we have to trust Him. What does trusting someone require? Knowing them. Truly knowing them.
Walk the Walk:
I urge you to get in the Word and get on your knees. Know the One you are following. Because, when it gets hard, there will be temptation to second guess, to turn away, to try to grab the controls, to lead instead of follow. Know Him. Trust Him. He invites you to do so.