Ruth is a story of grace and redemption, and it all takes place in the little town of Bethlehem centuries before the birth of Christ.  It is the story of how a Gentile girl with a troubled background meets a redeemer and comes to find salvation and blessing in the God of Israel. The hand of God is evident in the four chapters of the book of Ruth.  It is the truth of God’s providence that is on display, which simply means that He is always working out the details of His sovereign plan even when we can’t see it.  According to His providence, God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  

Though she couldn’t see it at the time, the ‘unseen hand’ of grace was working in Naomi’s favor.  God had great plans in store for her, as well as for Ruth, who also returned with Naomi to Bethlehem.