But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
What it reveals:
After Ruth lost her husband, she decided to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, instead of going back to her family and town. Even after Naomi insisted that she and her sister-in-law return to their homelands, Ruth refused, and her response was this in Ruth 1:16. This pivotal moment in her life could have broken her, made her unable to support Naomi, and even incapable of love again. But Ruth did the opposite, and some would say she gave up her freedom to go and start over/ a new life, but I think she just pivoted with her new reality with Naomi in mind. Her decision to stay with Naomi may not have been ideal for the average person, but I think it showed courage and selflessness. And that's what pivoting is; sometimes, we have to take courage and selfless actions to adjust to life's pivotal moments.
Instead of going back to her old life, Ruth chose to move forward. Thinking about this makes me thinking of the saying 'life happens for you, not to you,' Ruth didn't allow life to happen to her. Her attitude and the active decision to follow Naomi was her deciding to make life happen for her.
Understanding this brings me to my final point; we need to start shifting our perspective so that we can pivot with our life experiences. When we do this, we can see all that is possible, especially with God's hand involved, because He's going to release His goodness towards us, and we get to experience Him working all things together for our good.
In the end, Naomi did get to start a new life. Her pivot led her to a life that would bear generations of people that we look to today. It led to the birth of Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of the infamous David, who slayed Goliath.
Lord, help us. Life can be challenging and we're left to make decisions we never thought we would have to. Father, we look to you as our source of strength and guidance, give us the wisdom to make the right decisions. Empower us to pivot and open our eyes to what is possible with you.