So with a huge pile of ironing to do I switched on Liz's ipod and listened to the first week of Mark Drisoll's series in Ruth.
He had much to say that was provocative and helpful and insightful. But the statement that has stuck was me was this one 'Ruth didn't hear from God to return with Naomi, she simply went loving Naomi and trusting in God's character'. I saw afresh that she backed herself into God and his people, and that was enough for her and can be enough for me. Very helpful.
Follow the link and listen to Ruth chapter 1, it's about an hour but well worth the time investment. http://www.marshillchurch.org/sermonseries/redeemingruth/