And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth clung to Naomi.
I feel bad for Orpah. She chose what would be tempting to us all: security, family, familiarity.
This is all we know of Orpah's story. She went back home, probably found a husband, had some kids, and had a great earthly life. But the people of Moab didn't worship God and unless she kept the faith she learned from Naomi, she died a sinner.
Orpah made the 'easy' choice.
Ruth made the hard one.
One woman had a safe, 'normal', unscary life. One had a book in the most read book of all time named after her (Which lady would you rather be?)
I underlined clung in the verse. Ruth clung to Naomi like a child who won't let your leg go (and there is nothing you can do because when a child clings, they are stronger than an adult any day).
Ruth clung to Naomi to let her know that there was no way Naomi could move without her. Wherever Naomi walked, Ruth would go (since she was attached and all). Naomi had no choice but to let her go with her.
Think about this is more 'spiritual' terms. Orpah chose the safe, more appealing, worldly way where everything was already mapped out for her and she knew she'd be happy. Ruth chose the unknown spiritual life. She didn't know how it would turn out, but she had faith that it would be okay.
Think about yourself. Are you an Orpah who needs the security of the world? Or are you a Ruth who clings to Jesus no matter what the world tells you to do? Which would you like to be?
God Bless You,