Israel was in a hopeless situation. Spiritually and morally they were down in the dumps, and they had no leadership to lead them through this period.
Naomi returned with her daughter-in-law Ruth from Moab as a bitter woman. Ruth, with the sense of responsibility towards her mother-in-law, immediately sets out to find a way to supply food.
I am sure you will all agree that no-one plans a life of hardship. We all hope for a life free of pain and agony. However, life is not a smooth journey.