We can hardly imagine a more hopeless situation. First, their homeland was devastated by a famine so severe that Naomi and her entire family were compelled to move. Where did they go? To Moab, a country that had been Israel’s enemy. Then, her husband and both of her sons died.
She was left as an outsider in a foreign land, without a husband or sons in a society in which men provided the food, clothes, protection, and shelter. She easily could have given up. But Naomi pressed on, taking one step at a time.