READ : Ruth 2:1-3
And she happened to come to a part of the field belonging to Boaz. (v. 3)
Enter Boaz! This man will make everything come right for Naomi and Ruth and rescue them
from their troubles. Or, rather, God will. It is God who is working his purpose out. Boaz
is his instrument for doing it.
So what are the elements in God’s plan? First, the custom of gleaning. Israelite law
says harvesters must not be too thorough when they reap, so that poor people can collect
what they leave behind. Next, the two women “happen” to arrive at Bethlehem as harvest is
beginning, at the right time to take advantage of this custom. Furthermore, they are not
too proud to admit that they will have to live on charity. Nor is Ruth too lazy to work
hard to provide for herself and Naomi.
Boaz could not have organized all this. He didn’t even know them yet. Nor could he have
planned it that Ruth, who didn’t know one end of Bethlehem from the other, should find
herself, “as it turned out“ (!), working in a field that belonged to him.
“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).
Thank you, Lord, for the plans you have for us. Amen.