Many of you have probably heard the story of Ruth before. If not here is a quick recap:
Naomi is a widow with two sons who are married to Ruth and Orpha. Her two sons die and leave her daughters-in-law widows as well. They are traveling back to their home town where they have heard God is blessing the people with an abundance of food.Here is where we pick up the story.
After a short while on the road, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law, "Go back. Go home and live with your mothers. And may God treat you as graciously as you treated your deceased husbands and me. May God give each of you a new home and a new husband!" She kissed them and they cried openly. They said, "No, we're going on with you to your people." But Naomi was firm: "Go back, my dear daughters. Why would you come with me? Do you suppose I still have sons in my womb who can become your future husbands? Go back, dear daughters—on your way, please! I'm too old to get a husband. Why, even if I said, 'There's still hope!' and this very night got a man and had sons, can you imagine being satisfied to wait until they were grown? Would you wait that long to get married again? No, dear daughters; this is a bitter pill for me to swallow—more bitter for me than for you. God has dealt me a hard blow." Again they cried openly. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye; but Ruth embraced her and held on. 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; where you die, I'll die, and that's where I'll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!" (Ruth 1:8, 10-14,16 MSG)
If you have heard this story, which has been preached and part of devotionals millions of times, you have probably heard about how Ruth's obedience led her to the man God had for her. Or, how Ruth's dedication to people (Naomi) led her into God's provision for her life (Boaz).
All awesome points, but I want to go in a different direction with it- SISTERHOOD
Some of you are probably tempted to stop reading right now thinking....I may be a girl but I don't even really like them! Trust me I have been there and you probably have said some of the things I have said: guys are just chill, no drama. OR Girls can be so mean and the guys could care less if I match, my nails are painted, or my hair needs colored! Yes?
Well here is a crazy idea....God created women to be in connection and relationship with other women. Crazy idea huh? But here is the kicker: if it wasn't true why would the enemy try so hard to keep Gods women at odds with each other?
We live in a wild world....you might even say we are "Girls in the Wild." Life can be crazy wild sometimes as it throws us loops and turns and downhill drops faster than your favorite roller coaster. And, life was pretty wild for Naomi and Ruth in this story. Poor Naomi had lost both her sons and her husband and Ruth had lost her husband. But in the midst of hardship and circumstances that were just plain hard Ruth recognized that she needed Naomi more than ever, they needed each other. They needed SISTERHOOD.
I wonder what our worlds would look like if we chose to encourage the women in our worlds rather than criticize them. What if we reached out a hand of hope and help instead of just taking pitty on them? What if each woman in your world realized her potential and started encouraging others to do the same instead of looking at one another as competition? I honestly don't know exactly, but I know that God is waiting for it to happen and will release something amazing on the Earth through his UNITED daughters when it does.
"If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind it will be a force such as the world has never known."