Your smiling eyes with sad mystery tinged;
Your helping hands, though labor wrought with tasks;
Mother! Your clear high laughter had a depth
That thrilled my heart, and lifted silence winged
With boundless joy. Thank God! Memories last!
— Hilda A Dammirch
We read in Proverbs 31 the attributes of a woman — a wife and mother.
That listing is found in verses 10 through 31, and you may think “Impossible!”
Could it be that Solomon was thinking of his heritage and great-great-great-grandmother Naomi, as he wrote these verses? First, he says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Naomi would fit very well into that category. You will find Naomi’s godly perseverance is the thread that runs through the story of Ruth. In spite of the disasters of life Naomi suffered — famine, exile and death — her trust in God moved her in the right direction.
It begins when there was a famine in the land of Judah and Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to Moab. The two sons married Orpah and Ruth, but both sons died, as did her husband. Her daughters-in-law, however, saw the beauty of Naomi’s character and when Naomi decided to return to her homeland, neither wanted her to depart.
But Naomi was unselfish. She didn’t want to involve the young girls’ lives in what had befallen her. In her love, she urged them to return to their own families.
However, Ruth’s heart caused her to go with Naomi. Her words were “For whither thou goest, I will go; And where thou lodgest, I will lodge; Thy people shall be my people, And thy God my God;”
Naomi was industrious. She was well thought of in her community. She had always looked out for her family and she continued to do this in providing food and opportunity for Ruth and herself with honor and strength. Her wisdom and courage gave Ruth the spirit to begin a new life. Naomi’s optimism and vision were contagious.
And because of her devotion to God and her family, her dreams were realized through the birth of a son to Boaz and Ruth — Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David, the lineage of Jesus Christ.
A mother never knows what will come from being the person God intends her to be. She may never realize the influence she has on future generations. She may never see her prayers answered in her lifetime. But there is something she can know: When she relies on God and lives to His glory according to His will, there is no end to the blessings that will come because of her faithfulness.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.”
— Kate Douglas Wiggins