Ruth brought back a large bundle of grain and her mother-in-law asked, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Ruth filled Naomi in on her good fortune concerning her work situation and then told her that the kind man that had helped her was named Boaz. The story gets even better when Naomi shares that Boaz is a respectable member of her deceased husband’s family: “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.” This relationship tie meant that Boaz had a responsibility toward the two women.
In time, Naomi will put a little matchmaking plan into action so Ruth and Boaz can have a more intimate encounter. I have learned that matchmaking is not one of my God-given gifts. However, I love the joy and excitement that comes when a couple gets engaged and seeks God for their future. Ruth was blessed when Boaz noticed her and I sure was blessed the day that Russell took notice of me, a young Marine wearing combat boots and cammies. It is healthy to reflect on the truth that all goodness comes from God and He knows the plan way before we do.