My daughter and I consider brownies to be one of the seven wonders of the culinary world. One day, as we were mixing the ingredients of our favorite chocolate treat, my daughter asked if I could leave some batter in the bowl after pouring most of it into the baking pan. She smiled and agreed. Then, I told her, “That’s called gleaning, you know, and it didn’t start with brownies.”
As we enjoyed the remnants of our baking project, I explained that Ruth had gathered leftover grain in order to feed herself and her mother-in-law Naomi. Because both their husbands had died, the women had returned to Naomi’s homeland. There Ruth met a wealthy landowner named Boaz. She asked him, “Please let me glean… after the reapers among the sheaves”. He willingly consented and instructed his workers to purposely let grain fall for her.
Like Boaz, who provided for Ruth from the bounty of his fields, God provides for us out of His abundance. His resource are infinite, and He lets blessing fall for our benefit. He willingly provides us with physical and spiritual nourishment. Every good gift we receive comes from Him.
From the book “Our Daily Bread”