Dropping Shells

When she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her. Also you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.” Ruth 2:15-16 (NASB)

Since moving to Brunswick County, I have walked down to the east end of Holden Beach on several occasions to search for shells. I always feel a sense of wonder when looking at shells and cannot help but consider the Creator as I turn them over and over to admire their lines and curves and color. But I quickly realized my amateur status as a sheller when I encountered some folks who take shelling very, VERY seriously. They carry rakes and nets and even get mad if you happen to find a shell before they can get to it. But they find gorgeous shells without number.

A couple of times I’ve watched one of these “professionals” drop a few of their treasures onto the beach so that a child playing nearby can “find” them. As the sheller strolls away smiling, the kid locates the gifts and runs to his momma yelling excitedly, “Look what I found!”

When King David’s great-grandma Ruth traveled from Moab with Naomi into the land of Israel, she encountered a man named Boaz who took a special interest in her welfare. He commanded the servants in his fields to purposely drop grain for her to find. Boaz is an Old Testament type of “Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3).

In much the same way the Holy Spirit seeks to use His people. He uses us to dig and search in His Word. We rake for the truth and capture it in our experience, not so we will hoard the things we find, but so we can make those truths plain and easy for someone else in this hurting world to find and treasure.

May we seek occasion both to search and to give.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10

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Author: Steve Hobbs

I live and write near the beaches of Brunswick County, NC. I entered this fallen reality in 1975. My wife Sikki and I were married in 1997. We have five children. I am a follower of Jesus and a seeker of truth.

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