Ruth, recently widowed might have thought, Now what am I going to do? I have no one to care for me!
Although this thought is not recorded in the Old Testament in the book of Ruth, I believe every widow has had that opinion at some point.
Let’s pretend we live in a foreign country and we’ve learned that our mother-in-law is leaving to go back to her homeland and live. How would we feel and react as a widow?
Would there be a strong chance that we would want to go to our husband’s homeland too, meet his relatives, see where he used to live and learn his culture?
Especially if judges ruled where we now lived and everyone did what they wanted, and considered it right? And human sacrifices were the norm?
The wickedness and unrest of her land didn’t appeal to Ruth.
The moment Ruth determined to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Bethlehem-Judah, I believe she breathed in hope. Her hope included a new start in a different life.
After they settled, Ruth gleaned in the fields and met a near relative, Boaz. Naomi instructed Ruth in the biblical tradition of how to let him know that she wanted him to marry her and carry on the name of her dead husband.
Hope returned to both of their hearts when Boaz proposed to Ruth and married her. The Lord blessed them with a baby boy, the great grandfather of King David.
Dear widow, He also has a plan for you. It might not include marriage, but whatever it is, you can hope in the Lord for your strength.
Psalm 31:24 says, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”