As we begin to journey farther into the book of Ruth, the text signal a change is on the horizon. Frumpy and Wimpy, as Liz affectionately refers to them, are about to be replaced. Boy, things are getting good – our hero, a man of “strength and valor”, comes into the picture. Although Boaz is the hero, he didn’t come from a perfect lineage. What I absolutely love about God is that no matter our past, He can and will use us.
The scene shifts back to Ruth and Naomi. The dust has barely settled from their journey and Ruth is already thinking about what to do for food. When the challenges of life hit hard, Ruth chose to immerse herself in work. How about you, how do you respond when difficult circumstances come your way?
Ruth does not only want to provide for their physical needs, but also display her love for Naomi. Naomi, in turn, just tells her to go. I was surprised that she didn’t wish her well or even thank Ruth. Gleaning in the fields was not going to be an easy task and definitely not safe for a foreign woman by herself. However, I will reserve my judgment of Naomi. I honestly do not know how I would have responded in her situation.
As it turns out, Ruth is exactly where God wants her to be. Part of the time, the path God is leading us down is not the easiest – just like Ruth. However, we must remember, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). God has a perfect plan for our good, we just need to follow His leading and obediently step out.
When Boaz arrives at the field, Ruth immediately catches his eye. After talking with the foreman to find out more about her, he takes off in her direction. Ruth sees him coming and wonders what this could mean. What a wonderful cliffhanger! Stay tuned next week to find out what happens with Boaz and Ruth. Don’t you just love how the story comes alive?