Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vine;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
Fear….the silent terrorist. It creeps into my thoughts uninvited and causes my heart to skip a beat. The “what if’s” beat at my soul and restful sleep is illusive. Yet, my Father God tells me to “Fear not!” He calls me to re-focus on Him and His love for me regardless of what my eyes think they see….
Ann Voskamp describes Habakkuk as defiant….”Habakkuk rings it again defiant from the watchtower into a struggling world–I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.”
This Advent I think I will be defiant too! I will focus on Jesus….my Joy-Giver!
I forget…I forget…that He loves me…that He sees…that He has given Jesus…that He has provided a way…even though….even though…there is failure and pain and disappointment….