Ruth. Pretty much sums up the ideal scenario of a barley bride and is a sure sign that this is the season in which God is looking to reward women diligently seeking God's face for their marriages. Ruth also means companion/friend which she very valiantly showed in making such a strong declaration to Naomi and her God. This was after having been through such a tough time with her mother and sister in law, losing their husbands and source of livelihood, and yet in her despair, she made a commitment and a vow to follow God wherever He led, even until her end. It says at the end of chapter 1 that she and Naomi returned to Bethlehem at the start of the barley season (March/April). Barley represents the firstfruits of the first harvest season which runs from March/April till end of June.
As it turns out, God divinely placed her in Boaz's field, of all the fields in all the world and she had to walk into his (yes..Casablanca pun:) but seriously, God divinely orchestrated that she ended up exactly in her future kinsman redeemer's field in that season.
Over the next few weeks, we will be praying and declaring the hidden gems within Ruth (there are many!) and praying over our lives in this season. God is faithful and our expectations will not be cut short. Cut to the end of Chapter 2-3, it says at the end of the barley and wheat season, she prepared herself (on Naomi's advise) and went to see Boaz who was on the field threshing (this means something too) and did according as she was told.
Boaz did right by her and basically made a commitment to her (subject to the customs and traditions). The end of the wheat and barley season was June. SO! within 3 months, the poor, widow, moabitess Ruth was safely within her husband home (and no ordinary husband too!) and her entire destiny and heritage was changed. How much more us daughters of God, the firstfruits after Christ.
I believe that as we declare God's word in this area of our lives, we will be the firstfruits of this season's harvest of marriages. I believe there is an anointing in this season and I encourage you to claim the heritage and divine destiny of the Barley Bride, Ruth and to declare that within 3 months, according to your faith, God will move specifically in this area of your lives. In Jesus Name.