What does it mean to be committed. When we speak of relationships, it means we get into the lives of others wherever they are. It is often messy—it is mostly thankless but it is always the most rewarding thing we could ever do. Ruth, a young and beautiful woman had the opportunity to go back to her people and be safe and cared for. She had her mother-in-law’s blessing. But, she knew that leaving her mother-in-law would be a terrible thing for Naomi. No husband, no sons, Naomi would struggle to survive. She stepped up and became the friend and daughter Naomi needed. There were no assurances, neither knew how they were to survive—but, they were together and committed.
When we commit to others, we risk pain, sadness and have little idea where the commitment will lead us. But, as we remain faithful, God protects, provides and blesses us through the lives we touch. We learn how silly it is to judge, how useless it is to put on masks and how rewarding it is to journey together with others. We learn so much when we are in others lives. We see so many great things happen as we pray for and help one another. We realize that we cannot do this alone, and really do not want to. Just as Jesus walked along with his disciples, so we need to journey together and not alone. It is critical, that we never give in or give up on each other. Help me, Lord to follow you with my life and make the journey with those I love.
God Bless You
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”
20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.