May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ruth 2:12 NASB) Then she said, “I have found favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” (Ruth 2:13 NASB)
Good morning Naomi, Ruth whispered. Naomi said Good morning to you. Naomi wiggled out of bed and went to give Ruth a hug. Thank you for all you do for me. This feeble lady would be in trouble without you. Ruth answered Naomi, the Lord would care for you. Naomi said you’re absolutely right. Ruth got ready and hugged Naomi goodby for the day and went out to glean the grain.
Ruth stopped at a barley farm and began following the harvesters to pick up the broken, leftover barley. It gets warm early but Ruth has to keep working. She finally stopped midmorning to get some water. The owner of the farm, Boaz, said to her, Ruth, your reputation of love for your MIL is talked about all over. God is generous with angels like you. And the wings of Him you came to for refuge will gently cover you. Ruth was surprised by his kindness. After losing her husband and so many of her in-laws here was someone with kind words to comfort her. So she thanked him for the comfort and kindness and went back out to work thinking … a godly man like her husband.
She worked until noon when Boaz told her he had some lunch for her. So she stopped and smiled and was liking her some attention. While they were under the shelter he served her roasted grain and bread. They gently talked of all she’d been through. Then she reluctantly left him to go back to work. He reluctantly left her but he told his men to give her extra grain. Make sure she has plenty.
When Naomi opened the door it was written all over Ruth’s face. Naomi said Who’s farm did you glean at today? Ruth told her everything and Naomi said don’t you glean at anyone else’s farm.
So as the relationship between Boaz and Ruth developed Naomi had to intervene. Marriage is tricky in those days so Naomi helped her DIL out with some wisdom.
To make a long, beautiful story a little shorter Ruth married Boaz and they had a baby who was the grandfather of king David. Naomi was so happy she had a grand baby and Ruth and Boaz loved each other more every day.