2011-11-28 - What Would Orpah Say?
At this they wept again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.(Ruth 1:14)
After my husband died, my mother-in-law Naomi, sister-in-law Ruth, and I were set to leave my homeland for a new start. Naomi said God was blessing her homeland Bethlehem, with good crops, so this distant place was our next destination for a fresh beginning. In the middle of the journey, Naomi changed her mind and felt it wasn't right for Ruth and me to leave our parents and home. Why couldn't she have had the epiphany while we were packing or saying our goodbyes? Why second-guess her decision now? I really shouldn't criticize, 'cause it allowed me to stay.
Naomi didn't want us to sacrifice our life or happiness for her. She appreciated our faithfulness, and blessed Ruth and myself to have another marriage. What a generous woman. I was grateful, and decided to stay, while Ruth insisted on remaining with Naomi. At least Naomi wouldn't be alone.
Lord, I hate hard decisions. Sometimes it is much easier when someone tells me what to do, it takes the pressure off. God, give me good decision-making abilities. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Since she remained in Moab, what kind of life do you imagine Orpah had?