Wherever you go, I will go…

Ten years earlier Naomi, with her husband and two sons, had journeyed to Moab because famine plagued their beloved Bethlehem. During their stay in Moab, Naomi’s husband died, her two sons married women of Moab; and next, of all downturns that could come, Naomi’s two sons died, also.

News of prosperity in Bethlehem reached Naomi. She and her daughters-in-law set out for Bethlehem. Along the way Naomi urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their families. Orpah at length gave in, said her goodbyes, and returned to her family.

But Ruth said, “Don’t coax me to leave you or to return from following after you, for wherever you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD hold me responsible if anything but death parts you and me.”


Ruth – Woman of Destiny

Citizen of Moab
A nation polytheistic
Believing in many gods
Ruth married into a family
Believing in One God

Naomi – mother of
Ruth’s deceased husband
Shared her faith with Ruth
Told her all about
The great God of Israel

The One God
Who would not share
His glory with another

Claiming to be Creator

Giver of life
Healer and Redeemer
Ruth clutched this God
With all her might
Forsaking all others
Embracing forever
The God of Naomi

Ruth chose her path
Never to deviate
Never to forsake
Her mother-in-law
Nor her faithful God

Ruth held in her grasp
The heart of her God
Becoming the woman
Who famously said
Wherever you go
I will go

Woman of faith
Of the ages and
Great grandmother
Of King David
Courageous Ruth
Left all that was familiar
Gaining forever
The favor of God
Her future secure
Her destiny assured

By Carol Ann Hoel © January 12, 2011


Link to the Book of Ruth in the Bible:



About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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37 Responses to Wherever you go, I will go…

  1. planejaner says:

    Ruth is one of my heroes…
    I often wonder what my life would be like if I followed God with the kind of devotion she had…

    beautiful–as ever.


  2. Chloe says:

    Wonderful Carol – as always xx


    • I am blessed by u 2. Thank you for stopping by. I read your post, Celebrate Your Imperfections. It was a beautiful post. I didn’t see a way to comment, but I surely enjoyed reading it. Blessings always…


  3. nrhatch says:

    Interesting . . . this is the second post I read today with both a “Naomi” and a “Ruth.”

    If you’re interested:


    • Thank you for the link. I was interested, and I clicked in and read the post. I see that the beautiful twin young women were named Naomi and Ruth. Maybe their mother had a special feeling for the Book of Ruth or admired the sweet relationship between mother-in-law Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. I didn’t see a comment window, so I was unable to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy. Blessings to you…


    • nrhatch says:

      I wonder why you can’t see the comment window. I just clicked on the link and there is a comment window. Odd.

      I gave Naomi a link here as well, since I expect she will be interested in this post.


      • Thank you, Nancy. There is another blog where I have no window, a blog I frequent all the time. But today, no comment window. I wonder if I’m the only one that gets no window. Hm. Thanks for letting me know.


      • I clicked in again. I just didn’t scroll down far enough. Duh! Now I see all the other comments. I’m going to check out the other blog and see if I’ve just lost my mind and don’t know how to scroll.


      • nrhatch says:

        “I was scrolling through the blog one day . . . in the merry merry month of May.”

        It happens to the best of us, Carol Ann. 🙂


  4. Yvette says:

    I somehow have found a new path with my faith, my little home town, the comfort zone of knowing the four walls, choir loft and the glowing lights and stainglass windows. Not as grand as those in Italy.! Simple, with a more calming a reflective feeling, somehow very emotional for me. This past month has had many turning points…the few minutes of reflection have helped…I’m sure I’ll find the right path and prayer decisions I make with be the right ones.Hugs xx Thanking for sharing.


    • Thank you for stopping by, Yvette. I remember that you lost your dad recently. I know it hasn’t been long. My heart goes out to you for your loss. During pain in our lives God often touches our hearts drawing us nearer in our need. His love is amazing. May all your tomorrows bring you warmth, goodness, and peace. Blessings to you always…


  5. buttercup600 says:

    What Yvette has said, touched me Carol….I also thank you for sharing my friend oxo


    • I thank you for sharing, too, Amanda. You are suffering along with so many others near you. I am sure others are leaning on you for strength and comfort. You are a strong and caring person. May God bless you and those you are on the journey with through this stormy time in your homeland. Blessings… xxoo


  6. trisha says:

    What a lady! So full of sacrifice and love. Thanks for sharing this splendid beauty my dear sister.


  7. Naomi says:

    Lovely story, beautifully shared, thank you Carol – also for visiting my blog and leaving your wonderful comment. Much appreciated 🙂


    • Thank you very much for visiting, Naomi. And, thank you for your kind comment. I enjoyed your blog and the photo of two beautiful twin sisters with beautiful names. Blessings to you, always…


  8. suzicate says:

    Love this. Years ago, sme friends and I started a women’s circle at church called the Ruth-Naomi circle based on this story.


  9. jannatwrites says:

    Beautiful story. Such devotion is admirable…


  10. I wonder if we even think in the same terms that Naomi and Ruth did. Our lives are so cluttered with unnecessary things and relationships in society so shallow that I wonder if a devotion like Ruth’s even happens anymore…


    • Our world is in a mess for sure. We are a frantic bunch of peoples too busy to smell the roses. I’m not too busy for a cup of coffee. Ha! It’s brewing! Thank you for stopping by. It’s nice to get up early in the morning to friends in the world of blog. Blessings to you, Zoe…


  11. Bonnie says:

    Such adoration of the Lord is inspiring. It did my heart good to read this this morning. I love the story, and your poem to follow is just beautiful, as they always are. Blessings to you, dear Carol Ann.


    • Oh, thank you, Bonnie. You always encourage me. Thank you so much for visiting and posting such a sweet comment. The book of Ruth inspires me. It’s one of my favorites. Blessings to you, Bonnie…


  12. Keli Gwyn says:

    Your poetry is beautiful, Carol Ann. I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. What a special relationship they shared. The Lord blessed me with a mother-in-law who taught me so much about love, life, and living for the Lord, just as Naomi taught Ruth. Sadly, my mother-of-the-heart was taken Home many years ago, and I still miss her greatly.


    • Thank you for stopping by, Keli. I appreciate your visit and your comment. I’m sorry you lost your sweet mother-of-the-heart. What a nice way of describing her. You are a woman after Ruth’s heart to love your mother-in-law so dearly. Blessings to you…


  13. lbdiamond says:

    That’s one of my favorite stories!! Thanks for sharing! 😀


  14. Cindy says:

    Thanks for this, Carol, a story I didn’t know!


    • Thank you for visiting, Cindy. I consider it a special privilege to share this story with someone that hasn’t already heard it. I have told only a small part of it. The Book of Ruth contains one of the greatest love stories in the Bible. Ruth finds a wonderful husband for having followed Naomi, and Naomi is blessed with a grandchild born into royal lineage. Blessings to you…


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