I Will Follow
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I Will Follow
By Lois Parker Edstrom
This is a story about a family who traveled to a new country to find a place to live because food was scarce in their land – a mother, a father, and their two sons.
The father decided to take his family to a place called Moab where they would find more food. Perhaps some of you have moved to a new place and you understand how different everything seems at first. In Moab the people even worshipped a different god.
The two sons each married a Moabite woman and the Bible tells us they lived in Moab for ten years.
Then the father died and after that his two sons also died. The three women were left alone. This was a scary time for them because back then women did not work outside the home and they had no way to earn money.
The mother, Naomi, decided to go back to her homeland where she had lived before. She told her two daughters-in-law to stay with their families in Moab where they would be taken care of.
One daughter-in-law decided to stay in Moab, but the other, Ruth, said to Naomi, “… where you go, I will go and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (1:16).
This was a brave thing for Ruth to do – to decide to follow Naomi. During those times traveling was difficult and Ruth was leaving everything that was familiar to her to follow Naomi.
Ruth showed great love for Naomi. We find out later that Ruth became a famous Biblical woman who gave birth to a son and this started the family of kings from which Jesus came.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan