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Although at this time of the year we often talk about Mary, this is about Ruth.
When we think of Ruth, we often smile benignly as we chuckle a bit. Have you ever thought of why? Ruth seems a gentle name and she is such a charming Biblical figure.
Yet, I believe there is more to it than that. Ruthís story has a happy, starlit kind of ending after enduring a long, rough, tragic patch in her life. Further, Ruth treated her mother-in-law as we would all wish to be treated. As such, she is not only a blessed heroine who ends up with the prince, she is also a kind and loving one. All of these things cause us to fall in love with Ruth.
Yet, I believe there is more still as to why this story draws us in so. Ruthís story didnít always look like it would end happily ever after. She was such a young widow and according to the customs of her day, very disadvantaged in her hopes of experiencing happiness ever again. Further, she left her people and home to journey to a strange, far away land. This simply was not done in that day and it made her an oddity. Such an oddity, in fact, that her history and her activities were immediately known and talked about around town.
And, she was poor; so poor that she had to resort to begging from an unknown kinsman. As a penniless, disadvantaged, foreign widow, it seemed a foregone conclusion that she would live out her days caring for an aging mother-in-law while trying to scratch a living out of gleaning for leftover grain at the edge of a field--certainly not the stuff for fairy tale endings. Nevertheless, she ended up marrying a man who loved her and treated her well. Ruth entered into the life of a Jewish princess, bore a treasured son, and had the means to provide for a dearly loved mother-in-law. All of these things make us full of overwhelming joy for our heroine.
Yet, I believe there is even more still as to why this story grips us so. The book of Ruth clearly tells us that it was God who rewarded Ruth because of her trust in Him. Ah, this is the desire of our heart. To rest assured that our God sees what we are doing, knows of our sacrifices and work for His Kingdom, is ready to care lovingly for our needs, and is watching over us, even when our way seems long and rough and even tragic. We yearn to know that we are not left alone to cope with the variances life can bring. Indeed, we cherish every Bible story confirming that our lives are constantly guarded by a loving Heavenly Father who knows everything there is to know about us and still loves us with an everlasting love. This fills our hearts with love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thus we return again and again to the story of Ruth for reassurance that our Kinsman Redeemer is indeed ever present in our lives. We are thankful to remember that he continuously holds us zealously within His almighty arms while preparing the way for our happily-ever-after life in the glorious Heavenlies. We are eager to rejoice in the fact that we will be engulfed in His presence for all of eternity.
As we make our way through all that is merry and bright this holiday season, we can revel in that blessed hope given to mankind the very first Christmas morn. That hope which was foreshadowed by all that went on before, including the improbable story of Ruth and her kinsman redeemer. We can rest assured in the knowledge that just as the promised Messiah came at the appointed time, so each of His promises will also be fulfilled for us at His perfectly appointed time.
~Deborah K. McDade~
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19 Dec 2014
Deborah, I enjoyed reading the history of Ruth-very interesting biblical character.
Yes, God is always working things out for our highest good in His timing.
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