During the 2011 session of the New Great Commission School, Bible-teacher Steve Gregg taught through several books of the Bible, including the Old Testament book of Ruth. This video highlights a portion of one of Steve's lectures on Ruth.
Ruth's mother-in-law, Naomi, had experienced years of hardship before returning destitute to her homeland, Israel. Upon her return, she blamed God for her difficulties and told her friends to call her Mara, meaning "bitter," instead of Naomi, which means "Pleasant." At the time, Naomi was failing to understand God's bigger and better purpose for her trials.
Naomi's shortcoming can serve as a lesson for us. We should see God's sovereign hand at work in life's tribulations. Instead of becoming bitter, we can become better by giving God thanks during every situation.