Ruth said to Naomi, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Ruth chose to leave the comfort of her home - her parents and her homeland - to give comfort to her mother-in-law who was mourning the loss of her sons. The death of Elimelech must have also been painful for Ruth, but she remained loyal to Naomi, knowing that it was the Lord’s will. She did not expect anything, simply responded in love and humility.
Ruth is one of four women who appear in the genealogy of Jesus. If not for Ruth’s faithfulness to the Lord and loyalty to Naomi, she would have never met Boaz and bore Obed, who is an ancestor of Jesus.
God used one person’s seemingly small step of faith to bring the Redeemer into the world, to bring love, restoration, healing, freedom, and grace to humanity. Ruth didn’t know that her story would be so important to THE story God is writing. She wasn’t trying to change the world or become recognized in any way, she simply loved. And God used that.
Our steps of faith don’t just impact OUR future and OUR stories - they have the potential to be used by God in mighty ways. I have no idea what God wants to use my little steps for, or what will happen 39 generations down the road (about how many generations are between Obed and Jesus). But He has said that:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” - John 14:12
Only He knows how He will multiply our little faith for His glory.
No step of faith is insignificant. He can use anything. Keep taking the baby steps, remembering that God doesn’t call you to anything that He has not equipped you for.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-21