Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.” Ruth 3:1-13 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Some years ago there was a comic strip called Li’l Abner. One of the people in the comic strip was a woman named Sadie Hawkins. Her father was very rich and powerful, but she wasn’t pretty, and no one wanted to marry her. Finally her father proclaimed that there would be a footrace, and that all the bachelors would have to run, because if a woman caught one of them, he would have to marry her. Sadie caught herself a husband, and after that the custom of Sadie Hawkins dances and a Sadie Hawkins Day in November started to happen. It was a time when a girl could ask a boy for a date or invite him to a dance.
It might not seem so unusual now for a woman to ask a man for a date or to marry her, but at that time it was a very strange thing. Back in Ruth’s time it was much more unusual. Usually fathers made arrangements for their daughters to get married, but Ruth didn’t have a father with her to take care of things. Naomi wanted Ruth to have a new husband and a family, so she gave Ruth some advice. Ruth was going to ask Boaz to marry her and to buy back the land that had once belonged to Naomi’s family. Naomi advised Ruth to do it at night, when no one would see or overhear what was happening. Ruth did what Naomi advised her, even though it must have seemed strange and probably embarrassing for her to ask a man to marry her.
God, our Heavenly Father, is the creator and ruler of the universe. He keeps and cares for everything in his creation. It’s strange that he is willing to hear our prayers and that we can come to him with our problems and needs. But we can! Jesus came to die for us so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be God’s children. We never have to wonder if it’s okay to talk to God or if he wants to hear what’s on our mind. We can always be sure that he loves us and listens to us through Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.