Mom, who is Ruth? I realize that I have been waiting for this my entire life; that is, since the day I met Ruth in the Word. My heart literally has been waiting for someone to ask me about my favorite book in the world. Let alone my own little boy! Ah, I love it. This is my favorite love story. I love Boaz. I love Ruth’s proposal on the farmhouse floor in the dark at Boaz’s feet. I love that Ruth is King David’s great-grandmother – – who I also love. I love the gleaning – – symbolic of Ruth’s reliance on the sufficiency of God. I love that Boaz is surprised, humbled and honored by Ruth’s love. I love that Boaz didn’t sleep until he redeemed Ruth. I love the seven months that it took Ruth and Boaz to fall in love. (That’s my calculation – Ruth 2:23). I love that seven is God’s perfect number and it is hidden in this love story. Yes, I love this book and I will say it again that I love this book.
Why do I share my madness over this book with you? There are so many reasons. First, it’s His Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. He took His invisible self and, through His people, He crafted a book of evidence of Himself. He described Himself and revealed His heart through every word, story and life put in His ink. He is able to expose His own death and life without any regrets or rewrites or edits. Because there is no shame in His revealing. No mistakes to explain. No forgiveness to ask for. Every word He has written was meant to express His love for you and His worthiness to receive our love. God is love. 1 John 4: 8. The Word is His love letter to you. And, it is written in Perfection.
Why do I share my madness over the book of Ruth with you? His word reveals to me who I am. In the emptiness of my bitterness and depression, I remembered Ruth. I remembered that I love her because she laid down on the floor in the dark to wait for her beloved to wake so she could profess her love to him. She took a very big step in faith for her earthly husband because she first believed that she had a fully trustworthy partner in Christ. At that time, I already had lost sight of who I was in my sadness, but through the Word, I remembered that I once rejoiced over Ruth’s story and really believed in love. I eventually found myself making very big steps of faith to change my marriage. Ruth is my Cinderella. God used her to keep me humble and give me new hope at a time where I decided to lose my hope.
Why do I share my madness over the book of Ruth with you? It’s His Word. It is His love letter to you. It is the map that leads you home. It is the story of your life. What do you love about it? I also love Jeremiah because he tells the truth no matter what. I love Matthew because it connects me to my Jewish heritage. I love Revelation because I want to know the future and want to know how to judge myself. I love Samuel because no one can deny a true “dramatic historical nonfiction.” I love Proverbs because it makes me wise. I love Psalms because it is the cry of my heart. I love Paul and his New Testament letters because he claims to be nothing and is admirable in the sight of God. I love His Word.
What do you love about it? I love that, when my boy looks across the bed with bible in hand, and asks me who Ruth is, my heart leaps. It leaps because I can look back at my boy with genuine excitement and tell him about my very, extremely, most favorite love story of all time. And in my eyes, I know he can see that Christ’s love for him also is the greatest love story that was ever told.
Questions: What is your favorite love story? Is it real, in a book or have you lived it? Have you ever read His Word? Do you have a favorite book of the bible? What does it tell you about yourself? Do you have guts to share something about yourself? Do you have the guts to share the Word with someone close to you?
Challenge: Jot down a verse or book of the bible every day this week. Write a few lines about what it means to you or what it reveals about you. Just once this week, share your truth with someone. Love stories are worth passing.