by Carolyn Hope
One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” (Ruth 2:2)
Not only did Ruth follow her mother-in-law to a brand new country, but she took care of her. She was faithful and considerate toward Naomi. We don’t know how different in age the two women were, but Naomi could have easily been 20 years Ruth’s senior. She was, most likely, an older woman, and Ruth was still on the younger and stronger side. Ruth went out to find work so that Naomi wouldn’t have to. Why? Because she was Naomi’s daughter.
Of course, Ruth was legally related to Naomi; but in her heart, she loved Naomi more than anything in her native country, and she claimed Naomi as her mother. Likewise, Naomi called Ruth as her daughter, not as her ‘daughter-in-law.’ Legal attachments and heart attachments are two separate things. Ruth and Naomi shared both, with the latter being the most prevalent in their lives and relationship.
Who is your family? How do you relate and interact with them? Are you a daughter, son, brother, sister, parent, etc. in name only, or does your relational position show through the way you speak to, listen to, give to, and love them? I challenge you today to identify the people God has placed in your life to be a family to you (whether or not they are biologically connected). Once you know who those precious ones are, let your heart become attached to them. Don’t stand at a distance; let them in. Get to know them, truly know them, until you love them so much that you will sacrifice for them. You can be a Ruth. Who’s your Naomi?Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe