One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”
“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
— Ruth 3:1-6
It has not been easy for Ruth and Naomi lately. One day they found they had nothing left. The men they loved gone and their livelihood and legacy with them.
Pain, sorrow, bitterness, resentment plagued their hearts.
When we loose what we love those feelings come easy. And Naomi embraced those feelings for a time, even changing her name to Mara, meaning bitter.
But then Naomi pulled herself up, and with that encouraged Ruth to take a chance.
Naomi saw that Boaz’s character was one go goodness, of faithfulness. And because of that she trusted him with a big ask.
When Ruth laid on the threshing floor asking Boaz to marry her, she took a great risk. She made a big ask. She made a bold ask. That is hard. That is countercultural.
“And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.” —Boaz (Ruth 3:11)
We see God’s character of one of goodness, of faithfulness. And because of that we can trust Him with all of our big asks.
When we ask God he response like Boaz.
“And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.”
All we need, all of our big asks, and our hearts deep longings our God delights in saying yes. Sometimes a yes is a not now, but that is an entire other blog post.
So now, we go and we make bold asks like Ruth. And we encourage others in their bold asks like Naomi.