We are over a quarter of the way through “The Story” and what a great eight chapters it has been so far. We’ve seen many spiritual characters from Abraham to Moses. Each and every person so far has had an important influence on many through their miracles and gifts, all given by the One Creator. But after all of this Gods people have lost faith once again and gone to worship other Gods. It’s time for a reunited faith, but who will be the next in this long line of Gods servants to spark the revolution…
Have you ever experienced the deep want for something? Like a certain Christmas present or a new sporting or musical ability. If you are like me, this could end up taking over your life. You would be jumping up and down waiting for it, searching Google and media for it. This would consume you, keeping you awake at night. However, when it finally arrives and the hype dies down you forget about it, looking for something else. This is an exact representation of feelings within the Israelite camp.
After seeing the plagues of Egypt and the battles won through God, the Israelites move on, pushing God aside like an outdated pop band. Now they turn to the new and current idols but our God isn’t done, he ropes in someone unexpected…Ruth.
What makes Ruth such a unique character comes down to three things. Firstly, she is a Moabite, a foreign person that has no history with Israel and came from a place that worshipped different gods. Secondly, Ruth was a girl and therefore didn’t naturally receive the opportunities that men had such as education and an opinion. Evidence of this can be seen throughout the Bible, nearly all of Gods most famous servants have been men. Last but not least was the fact that she was a widow. After her husband and brother-in-law died all she was left with was Naomi (mother-in-law).
Unfazed by this but driven through love Ruth decided to stay and support Naomi even after being given the option to leave. This story doesn’t start with the most upbeat tempo but concludes as a fairy-tale. The two went back to Naomi’s home town of Bethlehem to settle down and live their lives lonely and poor. This works out for the best…
It is here that Ruth meets a man called Boaz, her prince charming. He turns out to be quite wealthy and offers her to work at his fields. Following this Boaz gives Ruth gifts such as grain for herself and Naomi to eat and enjoy. Within this lies a problem, Naomi’s children left much land after their deaths and much more than she could handle. Normally, someone would take ownership of the land and would also gain the wife of the previous (now dead) landowner.
Boaz comes to the rescue and buys the land. Boaz and Ruth fall in love and have a child, while Naomi returns to happiness with the wealth and honour Ruth has given her. Ruth would become the great grandmother of David, the King of Israel.
While there was a happy ending to this story it started with a deep struggle. Ruth’s choice to stick with Naomi demonstrates the way we should stick with each other. What’s more Ruth also set the example of achieving greatness by being different. Many times in society we outcast people because they are unique. Thankfully there have been many people who have ignored this and have become successful through something quite uncommon. People like Isaac Bashevis, a singer who once said that “The greatness of art is not to find what is common, but what is unique”.
Other than Ruth there is also another person that was so unique that he started something that has spanned more than 2000 years, 1 million miles, more than 5 million hearts and every country, his name is Jesus.
The following is a few questions for the week that I ask for you to take time out and reflect upon…
Ø Am I proud of my uniqueness?
Ø Do I use my uniqueness to achieve greatness in my own life?
Ø Do I stick with friends just because they are easy to love?
Ø If there is a rift between myself and another person, would I still love them?
Ø Do I take the easy way out instead of taking a better journey?
To conclude, these are some prayer points…
Ø Unlovable people