Have you ever saw something in a store that you really wanted, but knew you really didn’t have the money to spend on it… but yet you also knew that if you didn’t buy it, you would regret it later? That is how I felt about this picture I recently purchased to hang in my bedroom. The minute I saw it my heart stopped for just a moment and I gasped, as it reminded me so much of my dog Homer who passed away just about a year ago. And when I saw the scripture on the picture I knew I had to have it, and I knew that if I didn’t buy it, I would regret it later. And so, I did in fact buy it.
Ruth 1:16 “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay” is the scripture that is on my picture. Immediately my mind went to the thousands of times my dog would sit or lay right beside my chair or at my feet, or just be as close to me as he possibly could no matter where I was at. I can’t even count how many times I tripped over his large body as I got up from where I was sitting or rolled over and his face would be right in my face just waiting for me to make a move. At the time I was so annoyed, and yet now that he is gone, it is what I miss most about him. That utter commitment to stay by my side no matter what. The loyalty of a mere dog just amazes me and this picture and scripture reminds me of that and how we ought to be this loyal and committed as humans.
Ruth’s commitment to Naomi. Such an amazing woman was Ruth. Ruth was married to one of Naomi’s three sons. To summarize, Naomi’s husband, along with their three sons all fell ill and died. Naomi, knowing that she was alone and not wanting to deprive her daughter’s in law from remarrying, tried to send them away to find new lives for themselves. But Ruth, knowing that her mother in law had no one, refused to leave her mother in law and spoke those unforgettable words. “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Is there a person in your life that you have felt this committed to? Of course the person for me is my husband. And he has voiced this type of commitment to me as well. He will jokingly tell me “If you ever leave me it’s ok, cause I’m just going to come along with you anyway.” So even if I ever ponder the idea, I quickly put it out of my mind because I know he would just come along and always be there no matter where I left to. And as a wife, that is so good to know.
Recently, I had a fallout with my best friend, and though I thought I was ready to end our 20 year relationship, she told me “You can try all you want to get rid of me or ignore me, but I am not going anywhere!” Which reassured me that I was not going to lose her friendship even if I tried, and reminded me too that I could not live without her in my life.
This commitment with people in my life, very much has me contemplating my commitment to God. This simple statement “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay” says so much about how I feel about God. And with all the many things that happen in my life and different places that this life has taken me, I envision myself clinging to God and saying the same thing as Ruth did “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.” Just as He has said to me “I will be with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matt. 28:20 I pray that I am committed to Him in the same way.
Just as my dog showed his commitment, even without words, to go where I would go, and stay where I would stay, I pray that there is someone in your life that you are committed to in the same way. And even more so, I pray that you have found that love of Christ, and know His love for you and have committed yourself to go where HE will go, and stay where HE will stay. Though, I know this life can take us many places we are not ready for, be a person who is willing to commit to and trust in a Loving and Committed God. I know that is what I strive to be, to the people I love, and to My God.
Now do you see why I just HAD to have this picture?