I recently heard some people talking about the relationship between Ruth and Boaz and how much of an impact it had on their decision making when it came to picking a partner or waiting for that *right* person to come along. If you aren’t familiar with the story, Boaz is a well established Israelite of means who met Ruth, a Gentile who was at a low point in her life. This meeting changed their lives forever. Boaz was a blessing in Ruth’s life. I like to think that blessing went both ways for both people.
I was discussing with a good friend of mine how hard relationships can be, whether you are married or not. We also discussed why it seems that opposites always seem to attract and stick together longer than those who are too much alike. Like Ruth and Boaz, we may be brought together to be a blessing for someone else because we already have enough in our lives. I firmly believe that the story of Ruth and Boaz goes beyond the traditional male and female relationship. I feel that there are people who are like Boaz, male or female alike, and people like Ruth, again both male and female alike. There are times that we will have to hold up our partner through their season so that you two grow closer together. Sometimes we have to be the leader, teacher, shelter for their suffering or their strength like Boaz was for Ruth. There are times that we are like Ruth, feeling low and needing that hug or action of love to see us through. The core importance of the story is to teach us that we may not always understand our partner because they may not be “on our level” or they may have either exposed, hidden or unwarranted insecurities that are plaguing their life and possibly now your relationship and we can be quick to dismiss situations, people and emotions due to ignorance.
It is important to take a step back and realize that like Ruth who saw Boaz in a field, we have to strip down situations to its simplest form, like the field, to truly see our partner. Whether you are Ruth in the situation or Boaz, you should be able to be vulnerable to pave the way to a solid future together.
Have a great day! 🙂