The famine passes in Judah and Naomi decides to return to her homeland. She urges Orpah and Ruth to stay in Moab, to remarry, to start life over again. It is certainly within the realm of possibilities – both are young enough to do so. To go against Naomi’s wished and to instead move to a foreign land would be a risky and challenging move. Naomi knows this as she herself made the same type of move just ten years ago.
Often we too are faced with a similar choice – to stay in the comfortable, know place or to step out into uneasiness and the unknown. It is easy to stay comfortable. Orpah chooses to stay with her people. But Ruth decides that she will go. Her love for Naomi makes her willing to be that stranger in a foreign land.
Where is your ‘foreign land’? Is it taking the time to sit and have lunch with the homeless person who asked you for $5 for lunch? Is it going to that part of town to replace the kitchen faucet for a single mother with lots of young children? Is it going to the jail to visit and share the love of Christ with an inmate?
Ruth said to Naomi: “Where you go, I will go.” Christ calls us to go to many places where His light is dim and His love is unknown. But He always goes with us. May we, like Ruth, say to Christ and live out those same words: Lord, where you go, I will go.
Scripture reference: Ruth 1: 6-18