“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”
M. R. De Haan, M.D. in “Our Daily Bread” related a story about the following experience of a friend. The story went like this: De Haan's friend traveled through Detroit, Michigan, USA, on his way to Windsor, Canada. The friend, because he was “unacquainted” with the route, stopped at a “filling station” to obtain directions to find the tunnel connecting Detroit to Windsor. The filling station employee replied: “You want to know the best way to Windsor? Why that is as simple and easy as can be! Go to the third traffic light and turn left two blocks. Then take the angling road to the right for one block, turn left again until you come to a filling station, turn right there and you will be at the tunnel.”.
After becoming hopelessly lost, the friend asked a driver of a car that was next to him at a traffic light if he could tell him “the way to the tunnel”. The driver replied: “Certainly, I'm going there myself. Just FOLLOW ME!...And sure enough...in a few minutes (the friend) arrived at the tunnel...”.
Recorded in the Book of Ruth are the examples of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi had experienced the death of her husband, Elimelech, plus her two sons, one of which was Ruth's husband, Mahlon. Mahlon was the first-born son of Naomi and Elimelech. As a widow living ten years in a foreign land (Moab), was more than Naomi could bear, therefore she made the decision to return to her homeland, which was Bethlehem, where she had family and friends. Ruth, because of her faithfulness, undying friendship, and loving loyalty to her mother-in-law, followed Naomi back, even through Moab was Ruth's homeland.
Ruth followed the examples of her husband, Mahlon, and her mother-in-law, Naomi's, and worshiped the Israelites mighty true God. Later on both Ruth and Naomi reaped many happy times because of Ruth's continued faith and loyalty to follow Naomi.
For God's people today they ought to contemplate the two same words. In Matthew, Jesus stated numerous times the words “Follow Me”. A few examples are: “Follow me and be my disciple”; “take up your cross, and follow me”; and “Then come, follow me”.
The driver of the automobile who stated his simple directions of “follow me” were easy to comprehend and easy to follow. Ruth, because of her faith and being a devout worshiper of Naomi's true God, plus her loyalty to her mother-in-law, willingly followed Naomi to an unknown future in a foreign land. The examples of two simple words “follow me”, are often all that needs to be said for a person to accept the Good News, and to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: “Follow Me now.”.
Lord God, thank You for the two words, “follow Me”. Help us to remember those two simple words. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington