Boaz asked his young servant who was foreman over the farm hands, “Who is this young woman? Where did she come from?” Ruth 2:5 (MSG)
I stood at the railing of the second floor in the shopping mall. It was the predetermined meeting spot. There were people all around. Each time a man began walking in my direction, I wondered if it was him.
I had agreed to a blind date—my first and only blind date. It was nerve-wracking. I checked out each guy that walked in my direction. My first reaction to some was – – please keep walking! I rethought the decision that brought me to this place. I wondered if he was thinking the same thing.
I turned my head to the right and I saw him. With determined steps he walked directly toward me. He was wearing a red shirt, jeans and a black leather jacket. He was tall, confident and, looking right at me. My heart skipped a beat, it had to be him. A wave of excitement and relief washed over me as I hoped this guy wouldn’t keep walking.
That date turned into a lifetime. I still get that feeling when I see him from a distance. When I look across the room and see him, I get to relive that moment all over again. When our eyes meet, my heart still skips a beat.
A Love Story From the Bible
Ruth; a widow, a foreigner, not simply a foreigner but a woman from a cursed tribe of people, was gathering the grain dropped or missed by the reapers. She had no advantage, the circumstances of her life relegated her to the role of beggar. She had nothing, in the reality of her culture, she had less than nothing.
This unlikely heroine caught the eye of the rich farmer, Boaz.
Enter Boaz—a new character enters this dismal story full of famine, death, bitterness, and grief. Boaz is a rich farmer, he’s a distant relative of Naomi’s dead husband, Elimelech. As the story develops, you’ll see Boaz is a picture of Christ.
With that in mind, take note of the first mention of Ruth and Boaz’s interaction. Ruth is busy living her pitiful life—widow, foreigner, beggar. Ruth is doing the best she can in her present predicament. She doesn’t realize she’s caught the eye of someone special. She’s head-down—trying to make her life work. Boaz comes out to the field and this unremarkable person, undoubtedly one of many, catches his eye.
Let Christ be your True Love
Do you know you caught the eye of Christ?
Do you know when Christ saw you it was love at first sight?
You weren’t doing anything to impress Him. You were simply living your life the best you could given your circumstances. Sin left you impoverished, without a home, without claim to any good thing. Perhaps you made a sojourn in an effort to find the remedy for your situation only to find pain and disappointment. In the end, you realize the best you can do is pick up the leftovers and try to stay alive.
Before Ruth knew who Boaz was, he saw her.
Before you knew Jesus was looking, He saw you and when Jesus saw you, He fell in love. The Apostle Paul explained it this way:
…He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8 (MSG)
Christ fell in love with you while you were content to pickup leftovers. Christ fell in love with you while you were trying to make a terrible situation tolerable. Christ fell in love with you when the circumstances of your life left you hopeless. Christ fell in love with you when there was nothing about you to love.
Just so you know He meant it, He died in your place, so that you could have life.
Father, thank You for loving me. Thank you for seeing me when I was content to work things out on my own. Thank You for sending Jesus to die in my place so I could have a relationship with You.