Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 13th, 2019
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.”
Ruth 1:16 (NIV)
Where You Go
During the winter months, Canadians tend to travel to warm destinations, usually the southern United States, Mexico or the Caribbean. The travel website Kayak gathered information in the first six months of 2018 about the number one non-summer destination for Canadians outside of North America, and you might be surprised to discover it was Cartagena, Colombia. Increased flights, a low crime rate and a booming economy all helped.
One of the loveliest stories in the Bible is the story of Ruth. Naomi and her husband, both Israelites, had moved to Moab in search of food – there had been a famine in Israel. They had two sons who married Moabite women, and when her husband and two sons both died, she decided to return to Israel. She told her Moabite daughters-in-law to stay in Moab, but one of them, Ruth replied in Ruth 1:16: “”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.”” This is a beautiful story, and one of my favourites, and there is a reason it is in Bible. In the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:5, we see Ruth mentioned. After arriving in Israel, she married Boaz and had a son named Obed, the grandfather of King David. What a wonderful picture of a foreigner right there in the lineage of Jesus. Ruth was grafted into the family through whom Jesus would be born. What a beautiful picture of what God has done for each of us in welcoming us into His forever family.
These have been words from the heart.