The other day I was standing in a checkout line, I was estimating my bill and trying to keep my mind on what I was doing. I barely noticed when the woman ahead of me shuffled toward the exit, leaving behind all of her items. The clerk indicated that the woman did not have enough money to pay her bill. I really felt terrible for her; if only I had been more aware of her situation earlier, I would have helped her.
You will find in the book of Ruth, Boaz became aware of Ruth's plight when he saw her gleaning in his fields (Ruth 2:5). He learned that she was recently widowed and was the breadwinner for herself and her mother-in-law. Boaz saw her need for protection, and warned his harvesters to leave her alone (Ruth 2:9). The Bible tells that he supplied her with additional food by instructing his workers to let grain fall purposely. Boaz even addressed Ruth's emotional needs by comforting her (Ruth 2:11-12).
Are you aware of the needs of the people around you, in your church, neighborhood, or under your own roof? Today, consider how you might help bear someone's burden. Then you will be fulfilling God's plan for you (Galatians 6:2). God works through us to meet the needs of those around us. Help me Lord, to notice The hurting, sick, and lost; Guide me as I help them Regardless of the cost.