Love is a very interesting concept. When two people fall in love it’s a beautiful thing. They confess their undying devotion and love for each other and in a fairytale they’d live happily ever after. But we all know that reality is the furthest thing from a fairytale. More often than not, you’ll find that love mirrors our reality in many cases within biblical stories. The Book of Ruth is a fantastic example that exemplifies the rollercoaster ride that love can take us on.
Naomi and her husband decided to move away from Judah to Moab because of a terrible famine that was hurting their family. The couple’s two sons both married when they moved to Moab. Later tragically, Naomi’s husband and two sons died. Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth decided to move back to Bethlehem in Judah because they were heartbroken and lost. Ruth was a Moabite woman and was considered to be a foreigner in Judah, which was a huge deal in their culture at that time. However, Naomi stayed committed to her daughter-in-law and wanted her to follow the God of Israel. God had an amazing plan for Ruth. In a place where many would have thought she’d be ostracized, she found love with a man named Boaz. Ruth and Boaz had a child together and he also took care of Naomi.
Love works in mysterious ways. When you least expect it God provides His children with the things they need in life. For Ruth and Naomi, they needed sovereignty and in essence a fresh start. The Book of Ruth provides many relationship lessons that perpetuate the meaning of true love.