I Will Follow You
My wife and I are planning on moving sometime by the end of the month to another apartment with a little more room. I've been stressing out over having to pack things, and moving all of our furniture even though we're not moving very far from where we currently live. We're actually moving just a few hundred meters down the road, yet I'm still worrying about all the logistics. I'm just a worrier by nature I think. As I think about having to move I've realized I've never really had a drastic move in my life. My family moved from Montreal to Vancouver, but I was less than 2 years old at the time so I don't quite remember it. I lived in the dorms of Burman University in Alberta for a few years, but I still spent vacations and summers with my parents in Vancouver. The biggest move I've ever made was when I started to work as a youth pastor here in Kelowna, but even that was only 3.5 hours from where my parents live. I can't imagine having to move to a whole new place in a whole new country, let alone having to go to a place with a culture and society foreign to what I've known. That's what Ruth does, move to a whole new country, with an entirely different culture and religion to follow Naomi and her God.
16 But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you;
don’t make me go home.
Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live.
Your people are my people, your God is my god;
17 where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried
Ruth 1:16,17 (NIV)
Ruth was leaving everything she knew, everything that she was comfortable with. She was abandoning her way of life, her home country, and the religion of her ancestors in following Naomi. She loved her mother-in-law and what we read through the story later is that she loves and follow the God of the Israelites as well. She gives up the gods of Moab for Yahweh. She gives up her family and support system to follow this God and a widow who cannot provide for her. There was no financial security in her decision but Ruth went anyways. The tremendous sacrifice that Ruth makes for God is honoured, and God takes care of her through Boaz, and she eventually becomes a part of the lineage of Jesus, the Messiah. It can be hard to walk into uncertainty, and to make big life changes, but when we follow God into the unknown we can do so with the confidence that God will take care of us. It may seem scary to let go of our comforts and securities, but we are most secure when we choose to follow God. The path ahead may seem dark, but He is the light of life, and the light of the world. We can follow with confidence when we know we follow God. He is our God, my hope is that we would choose to follow Him wherever He might lead.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NIV)
God help me to follow you wherever you would lead me. Don’t let me be held back by my own insecurities, worries, or comforts. Help me to trust that no matter how uncertain the path ahead may seem you will always be with me. Give me faith to follow you anywhere. AMEN