Guest Author - Preena Deepak
What would you choose if you found yourself widowed with no money, no children, no property and no prospects for the future? Most of us would run back to parents, siblings or anyone whom we know can support and help re establish our resources. This looks like the most sensible thing to do as well. However the Bible showcases the story of a virtuous woman, Ruth, who chose not the wealth and comfort of her paternal home rather poverty and uncertainty which were the only things her mother-in-law offered. This story sounds weird. But the underlying choice does not end with devotion and loyalty to a mother-in-law. What Ruth chose was not just to follow after her deceased husband’s culture and heritage but also to embrace his God.
“…Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16. These power packed words come from Ruth who determines to return to an unknown land along with her widowed mother-in-law Naomi while her co-sister chooses to return to the warmth of her paternal home. Ruth had enough opportunity to do the same, only her loyalty and dedication stopped her from choosing a safe life.
Back at Bethlehem, life is not easy for Ruth and Naomi who face poverty and distress. However, Ruth takes the initiative to find employment and works hard to provide for herself and Naomi. All these devout actions of Ruth do not miss the attention of the Almighty who honors this woman who runs under His wings with not only a family but also wealth, children and the honor of being a part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
Ruth’s life comes as a challenge to us. Our earthly sojourn is often marked with trials and tribulations. Losses and failures may launch us into desperation. Where do you run to in the face of calamities that strike and destroy peace? Ruth seemed to run the risk of walking into a life of poverty which was the only thing her mother-in-law offered. But because Ruth embraced the God whom her mother-in-law trusted, she ran under the shelter of the Almighty. It was here that Ruth’s life took the turn for good.
No matter what trial you face today, choose God. His everlasting arms are strong to sustain you through any distress and give you a hope and a future.