And Ruth said, Urge me not to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts me from you. (Ruth 1:16, 17 AMP)
I can imagine one day Ruth met Naomi at the well. Ruth is a gentle spirit when conversing but can draw water faster than most of the girls in town. Naomi gets a twinkle in her eye because she has a son at home who is single and about Ruth’s age. Naomi invites Ruth over for dinner and a sweet romance begins between Ruth and Naomi’s son.
Naomi’s son believes like Naomi, that honoring Yahweh in all they do is important. That would include loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor. As they lived out these beliefs which were really intrinsic in them Ruth began to watch and take in a different belief than her family had. Theirs was ritual to a god created by human hands. Naomi and her family lived life to the full and took her in as if she was their own. She felt loved and welcome there but it was more than that. She felt the peace that any of them loved her enough to give their all for. That she had never felt before.
Then catastrophe happened. Naomi’s husband died and later so did Ruth’s. Ruth and Naomi were devastated and ruined. But they talked each day about where Naomi’s and Ruth’s husbands were now. How they were in a a place of peace and joy. Naomi comforted Ruth with that. The relationship between Ruth and Naomi grew because of the comfort Naomi gave even out of her own bitter pain.
So, when Naomi began to talk of going back to Israel Ruth couldn’t bear the thought of being without a woman who had been a real mother to her. Her God was going to remain Ruth’s God if she could do anything about it. Marriage didn’t matter as much as serving this woman who had given so much to her and serving her God who had made a change in Ruth’s heart of hearts.