Ruth had two options; to return back to the security and comfort of her parents house, or to go into the unknown, with only her mother-in-law, Naomi as her guide.
Sometimes, we may be in similar position to Ruth. Perhaps a journey which once seemed full of hope has brought more challenges or despair than had expected. Perhaps God's promises which was once so clear has now become a myth...
Yet, like Ruth we have two options. We can turn back, give up, return to the good old days, or the comfort and familiarity we have had; or we can allow these challenges to push us forward. With the Holy Spirit our own personal guide, God is able to turn the sourest situations into legacies! God is more than able! He turned Ruth, a poor widow with nothing into a wife, mother and an ancestor of the Saviour, Jesus! He can and will do it on our lives too! Let him turn what may look like nothing into something which impacts history!
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.