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Going the extra mile for someone can be difficult, even when life is going well. But when there is adversity and personal turmoil, making an extra effort to help someone else can seem impossible.





Ruth was the Moabites daughter-in-law of Naomi. In the character of Ruth, however, we see a shining example of someone doing the impossible. During the time of the judges in Israel, the family of Elimelech and Naomi moved to Moab to escape a famine in Judah. While they were there, one of their sons married a Moabite woman named Ruth. After ten years of marriage and the earlier death of her father-in-law, Ruth’s husband also died.





Naomi, also widowed, decided to return to Judah with her husbandless daughters-in-law. On the way, Naomi told them both to return to their mothers’ homes, while she continued on alone to Judah. One daughter-in-law agreed, but Ruth adamantly refused to leave Naomi. She stayed with her and helped to provide food for herself and Naomi in Judah by gleaning in nearby fields—where she eventually met and married Boaz, the landowner, a relative of Elimelech. Boaz and Ruth later had a son, Obed, who became the grandfather of King David.





Even though Ruth may have been suffering tremendous grief over the death of her husband, she didn’t return home to the possible comfort of her own family and people. She went with Naomi to a strange land with strange customs, providing comfort and help to her mother-in-law. In our own times of personal distress, would we show others this same selfless kindness? We can rely on God to provide for all our emotional and physical needs—so that we can then demonstrate His love and care to others.