It's a powerful story that we have learned so many lessons from. It's a story that shows us the power of family relationships, trust in God, His timing, His purpose and the power of sticking together. It is the story of Gods's grace in the midst of very difficult circumstances. It's the love story that so many women refer to when we speak about waiting on our "Boaz". It's a story that involves quite a few people but only two are mentioned the most. You guessed it - The Book of Ruth. Many of us have read this four chapter book plenty of times. I recently spent a great amount of time studying the Book of Ruth with a focus on Naomi.
Naomi was living in a time of famine. She had relocated to Moab with her husband in search of a better life. It was in Moab where she lost everything. Her husband died and ten years later, her sons were killed. She felt that she had lost everything. Naomi knew God, had a relationship with God, trusted God but for this, she blamed God. She had lost faith but had no idea that her ray of hope would manifest through her relationship and love for Ruth. After the loss of her husband and her two sons, she though that it would be best to return to Israel but encourgaged Ruth and Orpah to stay in Moab to remarry. This was a selfless act. Ruth clinged to her and said “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more" (Ruth 1:16-18). Just when Naomi thought that all was lost, she was encouraged by the faithfulness of Ruth.