It has been far too long since I’ve had a good real Logos date. I have needed to just sit down with God and let the Word sink into my soul–and my Kenyan tea to sink into my belly. I hope you find my meditations as useful as I do.
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”
And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”
So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, “Who are you?”
So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative [redeemer].”
Then he said, “Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. (Ruth 3:1-11)
I have always envied Ruth. I envy her boldness, her obedience, her fearlessness, and her faithfulness. I have always wanted to be like Ruth. I mean, look at her! She’s a go-getter! She knows what she wants and she goes after it!
When Naomi wanted her to go back to her people she refused. She knew that she wanted to be with Naomi, and she stuck with her. When she saw that what Naomi said was good about Boaz, she went to him and did as Naomi said. No hesitance. No changes in the plan. “She did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.” This is a fearless woman!
I want to be like that. I want to live a bold and fearless life! And it seems the only way to do it–odd as it may seem–is through submission.
Ruth, in all that she did, did it in submission. She is a rebel to her society, a rebel against the “proper way”, all the while submitting to God and to Naomi. When she decided to stick with Naomi, that wasn’t the norm. Orpah went back, found a new husband with her own people. But Ruth? Ruth was different. Ruth defied human logic and instead submitted herself to God and to Naomi when she said, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16).
And when Naomi told her to sleep at Boaz’s feet? Can you imagine how scandalous that could be?! But Ruth did it anyway. She submitted to Naomi and ended up with a husband who was righteous and who took care of her, and if that wasn’t enough, she ended up in the lineage of Christ!
Ruth had a lionheart. She feared no one other than God. And by submitting herself to Him, she became a rebel to the world!
You’re my King, and I’m Your lionheart