When I read the life story of Ruth the Moabitess in The Bible, I found her saying to Naomi who was her mother in law, ‘Ask me not to leave you for where you go, I go, where you stay, I stay. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God.’ It is remarkable that Ruth said that just when her own husband had died, knowing that she and Naomi had no one to provide for them because Naomi was also a widow. They then travelled to Naomi’s home country and as soon as they arrived at the city of Bethlehem in Judah, Ruth asked because they were very poor, ‘Let me go pick up grain after the reapers among the sheaves in the field.’
Naomi had family living in Judah on her husband Elimelech’s side, a mighty man of wealth, his name was Boaz. Ruth ends up in Boaz’s field by co-incidence and he says to her ‘Listen to me, pick not grain in another field, neither go from here but stay fast by my young maidens. Let your eyes be on the field and go with them. I’ve commanded the young men that they shall not touch you and when you are thirsty go to the vessels and drink of that which the young men have drawn.’
She then bowed herself down and said to him, ‘Why have I found grace in your eyes that you should take knowledge of me, a stranger.’
Boaz then obeys the Jewish law that requires the next of kin of a diseased brother to marry his widow to provide for her.
In Boaz’s fruitful field Ruth’s asking is answered above and beyond all she had expected. It is prayer made visible. It takes us into Divine life into the fellowship of love, where we breathe out our askings and breath in our receivings, having the Holy Spirit of the risen Christ in our nostrils. That is the field where I want to live forever.