The two women, Naomi and Ruth, arrived in Bethlehem and were warmly greeted. How wonderful it feels to be welcomed after a long trip. They were, however, still without a male provider and they needed food, so Ruth went out to the barley fields to pick up whatever had been left after the harvesters had gone through the crops. While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The LORD be with you!” he said. “The LORD bless you!” the harvesters replied. At that time, Boaz had no idea just how the Lord was about to really bless him. If he was a socks-wearing man, we could say God blessed his socks off!
When he caught a glimpse of Ruth and heard of her faithful character, Boaz chose to offer her protection and provision while she worked in his fields. I picture their first meeting and I think it must have been love at first sight, but I’m getting a little ahead of the story. By-the-way, when Russell and I first met in the Gunnery Sergeant’s office in Pensacola, Florida, he claims it was love at first sight. It makes me smile to go back to that time when we were two eighteen-year-old Marines and to think about all that God has brought us through since those days. That is a different story altogether, yet one still filled with God’s blessings.