So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Also the neighbourr women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Ruth 4:13‭, ‬16‭-‬17 NKJV

The life of Ruth is a vivid confirmation of the Biblical illustration of a tree that might have been cut down, its root might have grown old in the soil and its stump might have died in the ground. Nevertheless, at the scent of the water, it budded again, sprout and brought forth branches like a plant.

The same Ruth who was robbed by death of her exuberant joy of matrimony and replaced it with tragedy and sorrow early in her marriage. The same Ruth that was determined not only to kiss but risked all to cling to a seemingly hopeless, empty and depressed mother-in-law. The same Ruth that by her origin had no link with the true God of Isreal and was one of the most helpless members of the society owing to marital status as a widow became a great heroic figure at last.

How? Simply by her devotion to her mother in law as well as her embracing the God of Isreal. Her determination to selflessly do what was right, rather than pursue her self-interest and her virtuous character won the respect of the equally righteous, wealthy kinsman redeemer, Boaz through whom her misfortune was turned to fortune.

Ruth remarried at last. God rewarded her faithfulness by giving her a son, and eventually, King David as well as Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world were among her descendants. In short, God transformed her early tragedies into unspeakable and everlasting joy full of glory in the end.

In like manner, God will change your story to glory, your outer failure to monumental success, your disappointments to divine appointment, your frustrations to divine fulfilment and your morning to dancing. He will make you eternal excellence and joy of many generations if only you will not give up, but show the same degree of diligence to end and emulate them who through faith and patience inherited the promise. Good morning and do a prosperous week.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola