just a gleanin’…

Now we have found out that Boaz was a wealthy distant relative who owned the land where Ruth was gleaning.  Boaz has taken interest in her after seeing her working in his field.

When the lunch whistle blew, Boaz invites Ruth to the table to eat his bread.  (Doesn’t Jesus invite us to do the same?)  She is so moved and grateful and once she was filled she got up to go right back to work.  Ok.  Stop.  You know when you have eaten…and you are full…..don’t you just want to lie around and bloat?  Not Ruth.  She’s a worker bee and immediately gets up to get the job done.  Boaz sees this and tells his workers to let some of their grain fall to the ground so she will have more to take home.  (what a guy…think he’s already falling for her?)  So she gathers up an “ephah” which is a hebrew term for a bushel, and takes it straight to Naomi.

Naomi says, “Wowsers!  Where did all this come from?”  That’s when Ruth tells her of Boaz and Naomi cries, “SCORE! This man is a close relative!”  Ruth tells her mother-in-law that he wanted her to stay close to the other field workers until the harvest is complete.

Jimmy and I have had the privilege of traveling a lot and I find that when we go somewhere ‘foreign’ to us, how happy we are when we hear someone speaking english!  We feel a little more at ease when we see that we can communicate with foreigners.  I can’t imagine Ruth just taking off and going to glean after the workers.  At first I thought of her ducking down behind the grain in the field so no one would see her. Maybe doing a little serpentine move throughout the field to go unnoticed, but then I see that in Leviticus 19:9-10, God has already thought of this!  He says, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.  And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger; I am the Lord your God.”

He’s telling the people to leave some behind for the poor!  Well, who is poorer than Ruth and Naomi?  They have just moved into a different city and I’m almost positive that there isn’t a Costco around to get grain in bulk.   God had ALREADY PROVIDED.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Manna was God’s gift of life to the Israelites. Jesus Christ is God’s gift of life to all mankind. Without God’s gift of manna, the undeserving Israelites would have died. But without God’s gift of Jesus Christ, the bread of life, all the world would be condemned to death.

thankful….

Things to Be Thankful For

Be thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means you have enough to eat.

Be thankful for the mess you clean up after a party, because it means you have been surrounded by friends.

Be thankful for the taxes you pay, because it means you’re employed.

Be thankful that your lawn needs mowing and your windows need fixing, because it means you have a home.

Be thankful for your heating bill, because it means you are warm.

Be thankful for the laundry, because it means you have clothes to wear.

Be thankful for the space you find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means you can walk.

Be thankful for the lady who sings off-key behind you in church, because it means you can hear.

Be thankful when people complain about the government, because it means we  have freedom of speech.

Be thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means you’re alive.

~ Taken from Ann Landers’ column—11/22/01

the mighty oak…

Jeremiah 17:7

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord

whose confidence is in Him.

He will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes,

its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought

and never fails to bear fruit.”