So Ruth went to the fields and gathered the grain that the workers cutting the grain had left behind. It just so happened that the field belonged to Boaz, from Elimelech’s family. Soon Boaz came from Bethlehem and greeted his workers, “The Lord be with you!”
And the workers answered, “May the Lord bless you!”
Then Boaz asked his servant in charge of the workers, “Whose girl is that?”
The servant answered, “She is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me follow the workers cutting grain and gather what they leave behind.’ She came and has remained here, from morning until just now. She has stopped only a few moments to rest in the shelter.”
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Don’t go to gather grain for yourself in another field. Don’t even leave this field at all, but continue following closely behind my women workers. Watch to see into which fields they go to cut grain and follow them. I have warned the young men not to bother you. When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the water jugs that the young men have filled.” Ruth 2:3-9
We experience favor in the oddest places at times. At least we see them as odd. It makes perfect sense to God, because he sees all the connections among the people and situations in our lives. He knows the kind of day you’re having and whether you need to pour into someone or feel someone pouring into you in order to experience his presence.
We can get into a “serve us” mentality instead of a service mentality. We can get self-focused and think we should get things our way. But the opposite can also happen. We can give so much we set aside our need to be filled. It might look better, but it’s still self-focused. We think we can rely on ourselves to meet everyone else’s needs. We believe we’re doing a great thing to deflect the focus to someone else, excusing what we’re doing isn’t much and doesn’t need attention. We don’t know how to take compliments. We don’t want others to serve us because we don’t want to inconvenience them.
The truth is we can rob someone of the opportunity to do God’s work by rejecting her service. We can miss the opportunity to acknowledge God’s glory and provision when we don’t accept compliments and gratitude and reflect him in the process.
Live It. Watch for the opportunity to serve – and be served – today. Acknowledge God’s goodness.