Ruth 1:15...........And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
Here we have a Moabitish woman, who grew up in a pagan family, worshiping pagan gods, and living with her whole family. And her husband died and Naomi, thinking of how they would probably not like Bethlehem because of all the differences I named above, told them to go home. Orpah went home.
But Ruth was steadfast. She had seen what she wanted, and her eye was on that goal. She wanted not a husband, she wanted God, Naomi had something she didn't, (not the bitternes), and she wanted it, more than home, family, friends, old gods, and an husband. She wanted God, the only one infinate, the one who could give her peace which was void in her culture. And she was willing to leave all to find it, to leave negetive influences, so that she could be with a city, a nation of people who worshiped the God she was looking for. And because she cared not for things of sentamentality, such as family and home, and that she was looking for a higher calling, God blessed her with a home of her own, a husband and a child, and a mother in law for the childs nurse.
Let us all seek God in earnest, with all our heart, forgetting all but not, and clinging to God our only comforter. Let us stay by God's side, and let us not forget the price paid for us, and the meaning of it. Amen.