Summary: Romance and the plan of God are not just linked in the book of Ruth. It is a part of all of history. Romance and redemption are inseparable.
Nowhere does history repeat itself more often than in the
realm of romance. James Madison was the forth president
of the United States, and he was the chief framer of the
Constitution. He was the greatest scholar among the
Founding Fathers. But when it came to romance he was no
big gun. In fact, he was the smallest of all the presidents.
He was so thin and frail that he weighed only a 100 lbs. at
his heaviest. He was very slow and he was not magnetic.
He was jilted twice. He was 43 and still single when he
met Dolly who was 24. At that young age she was already a
widow because her husband died in an epidemic. She was
taller and heavier than James, and there was just so much
about them that was different. They were a highly unlikely
pair to ever become a couple. But they did, and it was one of
the happiest, most celebrated, marriages in the history of the
White House. They were ideal for each other, and Dolly
Madison added a flare and dignity to the White House that
it never had before. James lived longer than any other
president who served two terms until Truman came along
and topped him by 6 years. His romance made his a story
with a happy ending.
Thomas Jefferson, the third president also married a
widow who was considerably younger than himself. History
is filled with this theme, for if love does not make the world
go round, most agree it does make the trip more enjoyable.
So it is in the book of Ruth. Romance plays a major role
in God's plan. I don't what God would have done had
Adam not fallen for Eve, for the whole plan of God revolves
around romance. Ruth is a story of romance, and there are
so many parallels with her and Boaz, and numerous couples
in history. Boaz was older, and he had status and security.
Ruth was a lonely young widow. The potential for cupid is
great if these two could only meet, but it seems so unlikely.
Boaz is a big shot, and Ruth is not even on the social
register. She is not only a poor nobody, she is not even a
People have a way of meeting, however, and sometimes it
is by accident. In Oslo, Norway a motorist struck a young
woman at a busy intersection. He wasted no time in getting
her to the hospital, and he visited her everyday during her
recovery. Eventually he asked her to marry him, and she
said yes. They went on their honeymoon in the car that
brought them together by accident. Verse 3 hints that it was
by accident that Ruth and Boaz met. The KJV says, "And
her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging to
Boaz." The RSV says she happened to come there, and the
Living Bible says, as it happened. The NIV says, as it turned
out. The point is, there was no plot or plan. Later on the
plot thickens, and Naomi does deliberately plan for Ruth to
entice Boaz into a relationship. But here at the start there is
no plan. It is just what happened as Ruth went out to work
to keep from starving.
The Hebrew word here is MIQREH, which means a
chance event, or an accident. It would be a fascinating
diversion to study the subject of chance here, but for now we
will pursue romance, and just point out that most people in
our culture who meet and fall in love do so by chance, as did
Ruth and Boaz. No one but God could have known of the
series of events that brought them together.
I am always impressed by the events that brought
Lavonne and I together. Three of my friends and I were at a
drive in on the edge of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We were
waiting for a girl to come and take our order for root beers.
It was a hot summer night and the service was very slow.
We were restless and decided to take off down the highway
to the nearest little town to see what we could find. Who
would ever dream that that decision would lead to three of
us marrying three girls in the small town of Dell Rapids. It
was all because of slow service at a root beer stand. We just
happened to be at the right place at the right time. So it was
with Ruth and Boaz. One of God's most useful tools in
history is chance.
Chance does not mean that God is not in it. Margaret
Hese, a writer for Scripture Press tells of how her happily
married sister of 30 years met her mate.