Got your cup ready? A cup for some grace and one for some coffee? (I love coffee…have I mentioned that?) So how does the story end? Happily. Boaz falls in love with Ruth, Ruth falls in love with Boaz and proposes to him by taking a nap by his feet…you know, a typical romance…it’s a long story. And at some point we’ll get there. But for now, we’ll just be happy that they do indeed get hitched.
And want to know something cool? Check out the genealogy in Matthew 1 and it’ll reveal that Rahab (check out her story here!) was Boaz’s mom, which means that she was Ruth’s mother-in-law. Who cares, you ask? Well, I just think it’s neat that in God’s wisdom, He gave Ruth not only Naomi to love and guide her in her newly adopted land, but also a mother-in-law who also once been a foreigner going through the same thing, having adopted Israel and trusted God as her own personal God. Whether Rahab was around to meet Ruth is a mystery, but her unique perspective and experience definitely influenced Boaz’s integrity, honor, and perspective.
“Ruth, like Rahab reached out to God in hope and faith and were identified with Jesus in his ancestral line, even though they came from Gentile heathen nations.” (Chosen Women of the Bible, p.41)
Come on, that’s so cool!
When we reach out to God in hope and faith, He will always be there for us, arms open wide to welcome us in love.
Ruth’s story is one of love, devotion, hard work, romance, sorrow, second chances, determination, family, respect, and even ordinary choices. But it’s first and foremost a story of a woman’s faith in God. A woman not unlike any of us today. “Woman’s faith is the vehicle to bring her to God, when she trusts in His goodness rather than her own worthiness” (Chosen Women of the Bible, p42.)
Are you ready to hop in that vehicle and drive closer to God? Are you ready to trust in His goodness? If you need help getting the car started, I’d be happy to chat with you! Send me an email or comment below.
And while you’re driving towards God, stop for a coffee and be happily caffeinated on your way.