7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
As Naomi returns to Israel, she returns empty, broken and bitter. However, the Lord does not leave them (us) in that place. In this situation, by giving Naomi (and Ruth) no other option but to return, the Lord is the one who brings them back into the depths of His grace and redemption. Indeed, though Naomi and her family had left God’s covenant, it is clear that the Lord’s hand was still upon them.
The more the story seems to hide the hand of God, the more it actually affirms, even more firmly, His total sovereignty. For the great theological insight revealed here is that God does not act intermittently, but continuously. Though He may appear to step into the scene at given key moments, He is actually and actively there every moment, albeit hidden. [David Jackman, The Preachers Commentary-Judges/Ruth, p. 309]