Was it Me or Was it Destiny?/Learn the Sources
אָמַר רַבִּי אָבוּן הֶעָנִי הַזֶּה עוֹמֵד עַל פִּתְחֲךָ וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עוֹמֵד עַל יְמִינוֹ, אִם נָתַתָּ לוֹ, זֶה שֶׁעוֹמֵד עַל יְמִינוֹ מְבָרֶכְךָ...שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים קט, לא): כִּי יַעֲמֹד לִימִין אֶבְיוֹן.
Rabbi Avun said: This poor person stands at your door and the Holy One blessed be He stands to his right. If you give to him, He who is standing to his right blesses you...
(ז) וּבֹעַז עָלָה הַשַּׁעַר וַיֵּשֶׁב שָׁם וְהִנֵּה הַגֹּאֵל עֹבֵר אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בֹּעַז (רות ד, א), מָה לַאֲחוֹרֵי תַּרְעָא הֲוָה קָאֵים, אָמַר רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָן, אֲפִלּוּ הָיָה בְּסוֹף הָעוֹלָם הֱטִיסוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וֶהֱבִיאוֹ לְשָׁם, כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹא יְהֵא אוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק יוֹשֵׁב וּמִצְטַעֵר מִתּוֹךְ יִשּׁוּבוֹ. אָמַר רַבִּי בֶּרֶכְיָה, כָּךְ דָּרְשׁוּ שְׁנֵי גְדוֹלֵי עוֹלָם, רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר וְרַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר אוֹמֵר בֹּעַז עָשָׂה אֶת שֶׁלּוֹ, וְרוּת עָשְׂתָה אֶת שֶׁלָּהּ, וְנָעֳמִי עָשְׂתָה אֶת שֶׁלָּהּ, אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, אַף אֲנִי אֶעֱשֶׂה אֶת שֶׁלִּי.
(7) “Boaz went up to the gate and sat there and, behold, the redeemer of whom Boaz had spoken was passing; he said: Turn aside, sit here so-and-so. He turned aside and sat” (Ruth 4:1). “Boaz went up to the gate and sat there and, behold, the redeemer of whom Boaz had spoken…” – what, was he standing behind the gate? Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥman said: Even if he was at the ends of the earth, the Holy One blessed be He would have flown him and brought him there, so that righteous one would not be sitting in distress waiting for the matter to be settled. Rabbi Berekhya said: This is what two world greats, Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua, expounded: Boaz did his, Ruth did hers, and Naomi did hers; the Holy One blessed be He said: ‘I, too, will do mine.’