Daily Delight

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

This past week I was reminded of the story in the book of Ruth. Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, just lost her husband and her two sons, leaving her widowed and childless. She urges her daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah, to go back to their homes and search for a better life for she no longer has anything to offer them. They both say they will stay with Naomi and go back with her to her homeland. Once again Naomi urges them to return to their families. At this second request Orpah choses to leave and Ruth reaffirms Naomi that she will not leave her.

Reading this in times past I have focused on Ruth’s response. Most bible studies over this book like to make the parallel of Ruth and Naomi with us and the Lord and will usually ask the question, “How can you be more like Ruth in your obedience to the Lord?” Yet, as I was reading this passage again this past week I noticed something different. How often am I like Orpah? How often do I offer up my help, my obedience, my service to another yet back out when actually given the opportunity?

This reflects our desire for community and the degree to which we pursue it. If we truly want community, then we need to give more of ourselves. If we want community, we do not have the option to offer up service, we have the responsibility to serve without being asked.

Ruth was seeking out community and was required to serve Naomi in order to obtain it. Orpah wanted community as well. She first offers up service, yet when she realizes it will require much more of herself than she is willing to give, she retreats. 

To foster authentic community we cannot settle with where we are. We must move beyond the areas we are comfortable and head to where service is needed. It is easy to offer up ourselves when we get something in return, but true service comes when we move beyond words to action knowing we will not receive a thing.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 


About the Author

Emily Watson≫ ≫Emily is a student at Oklahoma State University eagerly seeking the Creator and Savior of her soul. She is an avid lover of mornings, the golden hour, fresh flowers, coffee with cream, books, and quality time. You will often find her with a camera around her neck and a willingness to engage with others. The Lord continues to show her more and more of His glory and grace through the man made lens, which then spurs on her writing. You can see more of Emily’s photography and devotional writings at ewatsphotography.com.


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