The recent ad aired during this year’s Super Bowl that featured girls demonstrating what various activities looked like as performed by a girl has stirred up discussion on societal characterizations based on gender. For example, the narrator asks a young female to demonstrate for the millions of viewers what running like a girl should look like. There is nothing inherently feminine about her gait. She swings her arms and pumps her legs with the same juvenile exuberance that a male counterpart would exhibit.
So what was the producer of the commercial, feminine care product maker Always, trying to convey? Seemingly innocuous activities like running and throwing should not cast the masculine adaptation in a more favorable light than the female version. The hoped for by product of this ad campaign is a new and fair perspective on pre-teen name calling and gender roles. Let’s face it, puberty isn’t easy no matter who you are. Neither is facing the prospect of abandoning the only family member you have forever with no hope of a “normal” or acceptable life. Say what??
Hollywood couldn’t have written the story of Ruth any better. “In a world where barrenness and widowhood equate to death, one woman refuses to accept anything less than mortal allegiance to her diminishing mother-in-law.” Riveting to say the least. The epic climax happens as Ruth utters these poetic words: “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where 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 do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17)
You want to talk about chutzpah… Ruth’s intimately precious commitment to Naomi provides believers everywhere a picture of what clinging to our Father should look like. Imagine the fervor and genuine zeal the church would possess if saints were to cling …like a Ruth! The individual benefits alone would be enough to rejoice over, let alone the potential of churches filled with women AND men clinging like a Ruth!
Do you face figurative or even literal barrenness? Are you alone in life? Have the desires of your heart, the hopes of your existence or the dreams of tomorrow been snuffed out by the dark realities of life in this world? Let our elder sister Ruth’s example motivate you to “fix your eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame.” Sound good to you? It gets better. Verse two of Hebrews 12 finishes up and gives eternal hope to the reader. Speaking of Christ: “…and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
So, cling like a Ruth