This is an interesting perspective, Trip. What if Naomi was acting on a prompting from the Holy Spirit? If she had not followed it, would the story have played out as it did?
Well-known preacher Charles Stanley said in one of his sermons, "Act as if everything is up to you, and pray as if everythig is up to God."
Do we sit back and wait, in order to avoid being manipulative, or do we use all our ingenuity (with prayer, of course) to bring about desired results. We run the risk of extremes on one side or the other; either not trusting God to bring about a desired result or sitting back and waiting on God to do everything for us. How do you discern the happy medium?