Ruth, a Moabite woman, decided to go back to her mother-in-law’s homeland with her after both of their husbands died. We read in Ruth 2 that, when they got back to Bethlehem, Ruth went to the field of her clansmen to pick the leftover grain.
This reminded me of the section we read in Deuteronomy a couple of weeks ago where God commanded the Israelites to leave the excess grain in the field after harvesting – they were not to go back over the field. This excess was for the poor, the strangers and the widows in their community.
Now we see Ruth and Naomi benefitting from this command.
Especially considering that Ruth would become the great-grandmother of King David and this puts her in the lineage of Jesus. She was an important person in our family of faith.
And God provided for her through other people giving away their excess.
We know God still does this today. When we give ‘stuff’ away, others benefit. God provides for others using the stuff that we clean out of our closets or our sheds or our garages.
That reminds me – there are a couple of tubs of ‘stuff’ in my shed I really need to go through. I haven’t thought of those tubs since we moved in 4 years ago. There might be some good things I can pass along as a blessing to someone else. We obviously don’t use it 🙂
Please open our eyes, Abba Father.