Wednesday, December 13 – Ruth 2:5-9
Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” And the servant in charge of the reapers replied, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab. And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has remained from the morning until now; she has been sitting in the house for a little while.”
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but join my young women here. Keep your eyes on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have ordered the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw.”
We use the terminology of “taking someone under our wing” to communicate looking after another, showing them the ways to go and what to do when they are in a new environment. At work, it may be a coworker to show you the ropes of the office. At school, it may be a classmate that shows the way to your classes. In the situation with Ruth, however, it was the master who took interest in her, looked after her, and made sure she was taken care of, even when he knew he would likely get nothing in return. Boaz provided a community for her with other women to glean alongside of, he provided protection for her, and he provided the food and water she needed as if she were a part of his household instead of a foreigner.
In this Christmas season, there are many who do not have someone looking after them. There are many who need physical, emotional, and spiritual support. What would it look like to take them “under our wing,” even if we receive nothing in return? What would it look like to seek opportunities to serve and love others instead of being consumed with our own agendas? May the Holy Spirit equip us to love others as 1 John 3:16-18 says, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters. But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
- When has someone taken you under his or her wing? How did this shape you?
- What is the difference between loving with word and tongue and loving in deed and truth?
- Pray and thank God for those who have taken you under their wings. Ask for opportunities to do the same for others.