Naomi did not expect her pagan daughters-in-law to actually leave all that was familiar to them and travel with her back to her hometown. With tears, Naomi prepared to go and said her farewells: “May the LORD bless you with the security of another marriage.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they all broke down and wept. But Ruth, one of her daughters-in-law surprised Naomi by saying, “I’m going with you and your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. I will even be buried wherever it is that you die and are buried.”
I wonder what went through the minds of the two traveling companions as they made the fifty mile or so journey. As Naomi passed by familiar landmarks, did she remember the trip she and her husband and young sons made in her younger years? Was Ruth still grieving the husband she lost? Did each step toward Bethlehem give Ruth hope toward her future or fear that she might not be accepted? There is a lot to speculate, but what we do know is that Ruth was committed to Naomi and we will see how God blessed Ruth’s commitment. True love and commitment go hand in hand. When we say, “May the Lord bless you with…” do we have faith that He will bless?