Most times in life, we don’t really understand how another person feels until we step into their shoes. I became a mother-in-law a few years ago. It’s been an adventure with two new daughters-in-law and becoming a grandparent.
As a relatively new mother-in-law of two lovely young ladies, I now appreciate the biblical account of Naomi and Ruth in a refreshing way. Naomi also had two daughters-in-law.
Sadly, Naomi lost her husband and both of her sons. When she found herself in this situation, she asked her daughters-in-law to go back to their own families. One daughter-in-law ends up going back to her family. But Ruth refuses to leave her mother-in-law.
“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.” – Ruth 1:15-16
Not only does Ruth choose Naomi but she also chooses God and is blessed because of her choices. Their relationship is a treasure.
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