A few months ago, I read a fictional story based upon the biblical story of Ruth. It takes the facts that the Bible gives us and makes up what we don’t know — things that might have happened, but we have no way of knowing. The book is “In the Field of Grace” by Tessa Afshar and it was very well done.
One of the quotes from the book that really, really, really stood out to be was said by Boaz to Ruth about one of the things that he noticed about her.
“You chose to be an outsider for the sake of a hurting widow. You accepted loneliness so that she could have companionship. You did all this because you refused to abandon Naomi.”
I loved that observation: she took on loneliness so that someone else could have companionship. What a beautiful way to say that she was a servant to someone. When put that way, she is Christ-like, who took on loneliness so that He could be with us. He gave up His intimate, hard-to-fathom, unique fellowship that He had with the Father and the Holy Spirit to come to a strange-to-Him place in a strange-to-Him body so that we might have Him – for a little while, but also forever, in eternity.
Ruth refused to abandon Naomi.
Christ refused to abandon us.
Ruth accepted the loneliness of a new culture and people group.
Christ accepted the loneliness of being a man.
Thank God for the example of Ruth. And for authors who help make things more real