“Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”
I don’t want to approach this in a stereotypical fashion, nor do I want to generalize anything—but I cannot help but love how the Lord hid a couple of romance stories, named after women, within the Old Testament.
Beyond the “Awwwww” sweetness of the account of Ruth and Boaz, I believe there is a powerful illustration of Christ and His bride. I do not dare to summarize this beautiful story, mincing it into a digestible few words…please open it up and dive in for yourself one more time. It never gets old.
She went to the threshing floor—to a place where women were not to be—to note where Boaz would lie down for the night, and to uncover his feet. She was given specific directions on how to approach her redeemer. She was to wash and perfume herself, and to lie down at his feet…leaving the rest to him.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Have you approached the secret place, a place where you know that in your ability you do not belong? Have you lain at your Redeemer’s feet, just waiting to ask Him to cover you with His wings…to spread the corner of His garment over you?
I challenge you to draw near, to not be afraid of the threshing floor. I dare you to find out where He is, and do whatever it takes to get His attention.
Wash and perfume yourself—bathe in the Word of God, and be saturated in the fragrance of His Presence. Then just rest at His feet…and leave the rest to Him.
Scripture to read:
Book of Ruth
Oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, I love just being with You at Your feet. Thank You that I can live there, resting in Your shadow. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.