Let’s face it, relationships in our world can be hard. The world wants people to believe that relationships need be perfect in order to be great. But, I believe the mark of a true relationship is one that is filled with authenticity and integrity.
One of my favorite Bible stories is the story of Boaz and Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite woman who married into an Israelite family. Some years later, we see tragedy strike both Ruth and Naomi. I can imagine both women felt bitter and discouraged at first, but God is always on time. Right in the middle of a tragic situation, Ruth stayed faithful to the family she had married into.
Imagine two women grieving losses, moving to a new place, and still remaining hopeful for things to come. The two women set off to the land where God provided food for families during the famine and later God changed their lives. Upon arriving, we see the story of Boaz and Ruth unfold in Ruth Chapter 2.
“Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.
And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.
Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!”
“The Lord bless you!” they answered.
Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheavesbehind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.
I love the way Boaz saw Ruth. It truly seemed as if he was able to look at her soul and see the selfless servant that she was. I believe that no matter what you’ve been through, God is waiting to restore, redeem and recover all that you’ve lost. We’ve all faced tragic situations, heartbreaks and bad breaks. But, right there in the middle of every situation is a God who is constant and never leaves our side. As we read through the Bible, we see many people who faced tragic situations and disappointments. But, our God took something that was meant for evil and He used it for their good.
I want to encourage you to love with all of your heart. Take a leap of faith. Believe that you can get your happy ending. Believe that our God knows what’s best for us. Believe that God always takes care of us and He gives good gifts. No matter what you’ve been through, God is a God of second chances and He will turn your situation around. Trust in Him.