Written & Published by Lolita Buck
I thought of many things while preparing for this week's blog post. Hezekiah Walker's song I Need You to Survive came to mind. As well as the movie My Sister's Keeper & Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. All of which are very powerful work's of art that provoke a sense of connectivity. But for this post specifically I'll be tackling the subject from a spiritual perspective. Speaking exclusively to the question of whether or not we really are our sisters keeper?
Today I would like to focus on the story of Ruth, Orpah, & Naomi. So here is Naomi a chick who seemingly had it all until she lost her husband & two sons. What a tragedy. She went so deep into the pit of depression she wanted to change her name to Mara which means "bitter". All she literally had left were her two daughter's-in-law Ruth & Orpah. They both had a very tough decision to make. To either stay in Moab & support a sister in her time of need or go on their merry way. Orpah kissed her & did just that. But Ruth felt compelled to extend herself beyond herself and stick it out with Naomi. So although blood runs deep apparently so does sisterhood. So here it is check it out. Ruth doing what sisters do, support one another.
But Ruth said, "Don’t beg me to leave you or to stop following you. Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God."
I mean Ruth literally packed up her bags and did just as she said. Naomi insisted that she not worry about her. But there was something about their bond, their kinship, most importantly their love that tugged at Ruth's heart to stay with her for the long haul. Not exactly sure if it was Naomi's broken spirit or just the fact that real sisterhood demonstrated properly, mirrors this level of kindness & commitment regardless of circumstance. This definitely screams loud & clear to me that.....
I AM MY SISTERS KEEPER!
And so here's the other intriguing part about this story. It's almost as if God rewards Ruth for simply doing what sisters do. He gives her a wealthy husband in Boaz. Of course we're all looking for our knight & shining armor, right ladies? Might this be a clue? Hint hint.... How about staying busy minding your own business & supporting other sisters along the way it might just yield you your very own Boaz.
Of course that's not what this post is about but I had to go there. I just wanted you to see that God is faithful & does honor sacrifice. And if nothing else I'm sure he was very pleased with Ruth's response. Perhaps Boaz was her husband all along but God certainly ordered her steps & positioned her to be in the right place at the right time so he would find her. In this instance we see that being her sisters keeper paid off big time!
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."
It's always nice when there are perks involved for doing good deeds. But on a serious note, a sisters keeper is one who has a real, genuine, concern about her fellow sister's well being. It's about doing just what Ruth demonstrates to us. Extending yourself beyond yourself for the sake of your fellow comrade who may or may not be be in need. Because as the song I mentioned earlier suggests we absolutely do need each other to survive.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude