Read Ruth 3.
God's plan began to unfold, but that does not mean those involved could see either when or how those plans would all be accomplished.
The attraction between Ruth and Boaz changed in this chapter to love and commitment to each other. Naomi knew that Boaz was a relative of her late husband. Under the law (see Deuteronomy 25:5-10), childless widow's had certain rights and claims on the rest of her deceased husband's family. As a near kinsman, Boaz could legally buy back Ruth's deceased husband's property and marry her.
Naomi's instructions to Ruth in verse 3 for this encounter were to get cleaned up, dressed up, fixed up and go meet him. However, she was to wait until he had finished his dinner. Good idea!
Nothing immoral is suggested here. He is a godly man. She has a virtuous reputation (v.10-11). In this public place with plenty of people around, and as a servant, she warmed his feet as he slept. No engagement ring was given. However, spreading the corner of his garment over her symbolized his intent to care for her and protect her.
The plot thickens. Boaz revealed to her that there was a kinsman closer than he. They would have to wait until morning to find out if there would be any future to their love relationship. Then, Naomi also told her to wait (v.18).
When a friend noticed the great preacher of New England, Phillips Brooks, pacing the floor back and forth, he asked, "What is the trouble"? To that Brooks replied, "The trouble is that I'm in a hurry, but God isn't!"
Lessons while you wait.
Do all you can to make yourself ready to receive the answer to your request and then be prepared to wait for God's timing.
While waiting, obey God completely and wait with confident faith in Him and His ultimate plan.
Blessing follows obedience.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see it and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man, who makes the LORD his trust..." (Psalm 40:1-4a)
The wait will be worth it.