Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay close by my servants, until they have finished all my harvest.’” Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is better, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, otherwise you might be bothered in another field.” So she stayed close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests; and she lived with her mother-in-law. (Ruth 2:21-23, NRSV)
Naomi knew the blessing that Ruth had found in Boaz and advised her to stay with that blessing.
She knew that others would not receive Ruth as one of them, she was a Moabite woman, a foreigner, a stranger, an outsider. But Boaz accepted her and made her part of his clan.
When have we seen this?
Have you ever been an outsider and been made an insider?
Boaz knew that Ruth had given up so much for his relative, so he gave up just as much for Ruth.
Do we bless others, or only look out for ourselves?