But Ruth Clung Unto Her..
Humility, grace and mercy seem to be linked one to another. Once we humble ourselves we can find grace and once grace is upon us mercy seem to follow. Maybe not in all instances but it sure seems the three can run together quiet easily.
Can we simultaneously walk in fear and in humility, especially in the presence of others and even more so when in the presence of someone we have the deepest respect? It seems that it would be an impossible task. It seems that pride would take over and we wouldn’t even consider humbling ourselves as the fear of being seen, of losing “something” or “damaging” our reputation would be too great.
So, it seems humility is a key element in grace and even more so in obtaining mercy.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. ~ Ruth 1:14-18 KJB
Not being present in the moment described above means there is only a glimpse at the surface of what is happening. However, it appears there is a great deal of humility, on the part of Ruth who is speaking to her mother-in-law Naomi, about continuing to travel home with her. We can only imagine what Ruth was experiencing. She has lost her husband, her friend, Orpah and now she really has no place to go. It almost brings us to tears simply hearing and feeling what Ruth is happening to Ruth in this moment. The level of humility that she has reached to bring herself to, basically, beg to stay with Naomi – it is heartbreaking.
When we reach the point of doing whatever it takes to make another step, to simply be a human being, we come to realize how humility works. We come to realize that love, the Love that God offers, is for us.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.