The bible has many a story of courage, faith, redemption on and on, but never have I read such devotion as in the book of Ruth. Naomi the mother of two the wife of one, loses her husband to illness and her sons to war. She has the company of her sons wives. But times are hard for women without men. She decides to go back to her people. She begs her daughters in law(s) to return to theirs. They do not want to leave her side. They both love her dearly. She tries to sway them that they would have more of a chance to gain rather then to lose staying with her.
But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”
At this they wept aloud again. Then *Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” 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. 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.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
This is devotion. This is faithfulness. As the story goes Ruth remarries after going through the changes with her mother in law picking scraps of wheat to survive. This story is dynamic. Perseverance. Tenacity. Love. All shown here. A true lesson for all to see.
*(this is the correct spelling) The person that we know as Oprah was named after this person. The family used Oprah instead of Orpah.