But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. . . . At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
Ruth 1:11-12, 14-15 NIV
Twice Naomi insisted that Orpah and Ruth return home. She reasoned with them, explaining the obvious reasons why there was no future in staying with her. Orpah understood her logic. She took Naomi’s advice, kissed her, and went back home. But Ruth did not want to go back to her past life. She could not be swayed by Orpah’s example. Instead, she took a step into the unknown future with Naomi and with God.
God, yours is the care of a wise and loving parent. I listen for your voice to guide my choices as I greet the future in faith. Amen.
I step into the unknown future with faith in what is yet to be.