Two women from different cultures, both widows, undertook a long journey. One was consumed by bitterness and sought to return to the “old country.” The other resisted pressure and refused to return to her old home, instead embracing a new faith.
The road back to Bethlehem was only part of their story.
Here’s the recap: Naomi’s family had escaped a famine by moving to Moab and gained two daughters-in-law in the process. After the death of her husband and two sons, a devastated Naomi headed back to Bethlehem after urging the younger women to stay in Moab. One did, but Ruth refused to be left behind. After her famous “I’ll go where you go and your God will be my God” speech, Ruth stayed by Naomi’s side and settled into her new home. To support Naomi, Ruth picked up the scraps left in the fields after the harvest. (That is until the day Naomi did a little matchmaking and Boaz joined the family … followed by baby Obed who grew up to be the grandfather of King David.)
Two women linked by love for the same man and a common faith. Stood by each other through their painful losses. Journeyed a dusty road, not sure what they would find at the end. Both widowed and poor, they worked to build a home. Found hope … and love … and a future.
Ruth and Naomi weren’t your typical mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Their relationship was more than just family.
What about you? Have you and a family member journeyed together through a difficult time? Were you more like Naomi or Ruth?