“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. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
Ruth was a woman of a particular time and particular place, but of no particular consequence. She happened to marry a man from another country who had come to escape the famine in his own. But death soon took Ruth’s new husband as well as her new brother and father-in-law. Left with only her new sister and mother-in-law, Ruth was given the opportunity to go back to her homeland to re-join her kin but instead, she clung to her mother-in-law and refused to leave her side.
I think we can all relate to Ruth. It took a great deal of courage to leave her own country to be with people she did not know. It took even more courage to walk into the unknown with the determination not to leave her new mother’s side. We often find ourselves far away from everything we’ve known, entirely unsure of what lies ahead. We too are bound to the only true thing we can know – Jesus.