Friendships and key relationships can have a huge impact on our lives. We often can’t see in the moment where a relationship or a decision regarding one may lead us down the road.
One great example of this from the Bible is the story of Naomi and Ruth. Ruth was Naomi’s daughter-in-law who was determined to return back to Naomi’s homeland, Bethlehem, with Naomi; rather than stay in Moab where she was from, after both of their husbands and Naomi’s other son passed away. As the two women arrived in Bethlehem, everyone ran out to greet and welcome Naomi back. As they called out to her by name, she corrected them and told them to call her Mara, which means bitter, rather than Naomi. This request shows Naomi was in a pretty dark place. Despite the sadness of the situation and of her mother in law, Ruth remained faithful. She set out to work to bring in food, and just happened to end up working in a field that belonged to one of Naomi’s relatives, Boaz. Being a relative provided him an opportunity to marry Ruth and serve as a kinsmen redeemer, which gave the women the ability to maintain their land, be provided for and protected. Ruth acted on Naomi’s advice to bring this to Boaz’s attention, and he acted on it and took her as his wife.
After marrying, Ruth and Boaz had a son, who was placed in Naomi’s arms to be raised as her own look after her in her old age. That son’s name was Obed, the Father of Jesse, the Father of David, in the line of Christ.
One relationship lead Ruth to her destiny and provided healing and hope for Naomi. One decision to stay loyal through thick and thin kept Ruth on track for God’s plan to unfold.
Just as this story is a great example for us in our relationships, it is also an example of God’s faithfulness to us. Just as he brought beauty of the ashes of this story, He is faithful to redeem our hurts and bring us out of our darkness into light, just as it says in Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”
Remember God is faithful to complete what He begins! Stay the course, stay connected, stay faithful to those God has placed in your life and allow your story to unfold in a way that brings God glory!!