This story ends with “happily ever after,” but it doesn’t begin with a “once upon a time.”
Instead we could use the words from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
Ruth open with the worst of times, “in the days when the judges ruled.” But Ruth ends with the best of times.
- After opening with three funerals it ends with a wedding.
- The book opens with death and ends with a birth,
- Loss turns to gain, bitterness to joy, and emptiness to fullness..
- Ruth opens with the time when there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes, but Ruth finishes pointing us forward to Israel’s most famous King.
This is the happy ending, the “happily ever after.”
Did you know that’s what God is in the business of doing? He is performing a great reversal in the lives of our characters—from the worst of times to the best of times. From bad beginnings to happy endings.
That’s what redemption is all about—buying back, changing the ending to someone’s story.