Faithful Friends – Naomi & Ruth
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back, where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God my God…only death can separate us”. Ruth 1:16
WHERE YOU GO I WILL GO
I attended a dynamic prayer breakfast in Champaign, Illinois last October. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols spoke on the book of Ruth, and how it relates to us today.
Dr. Nichols reminded us that Naomi tried to get her daughters-in-law to leave after the death of her husband and sons. Oprah tearfully left, but Ruth clung to Naomi. Ruth said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back, where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God my God…only death can separate us.” Naomi discovered that she didn’t have to make it alone because Ruth refused to desert her. WOW, that’s loyalty!
GRIEF & BITTERNESS
Naomi became so bitter that she changed her name; she said “don’t call me Naomi, call me Moira, which means bitterness. Naomi was determined to stay stuck in her sadness and grief. Isn’t that how it is with us sometimes? It’s just easier to immerse ourselves in the grief and pain rather than take a step forward.
Dr. Nichols spoke to the friendship of the two women, and how she and Ruth’s relationship relates to friendships today. She said that we would go through some tough times. We lose people in our lives through death, divorce, and even friendships, and things like jobs, but we don’t have to walk alone. We have God and if we petition Him, He will send someone to help us through the storms.
Sometimes we don’t want to ask for what we need, but we must. We have to walk through things, and find our way, and write a new script for our lives. We need faithful friends who will listen, and help us on our journey. If you are walking through a valley right now, and you don’t have a “Ruth” in your life, I encourage you to find a “stirring sister” who will pray with you and for you. Find one who will take you by the hand and say “come, my sister, with God, anything is possible. “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back, where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God my God…only death can separate us”.
I will write a new script for my life. With God by my side, I have the power to do that! Will you affirm that with me today?