Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls…
OK, OK, you may not be waiting for your fig tree to bud. But what if we change it a little?
Though the car does not start
and there is no more milk in the fridge,
though the kids are all sick
and the electricity just went out,
though there are bills to pay
and no money in the bank…
Can you relate a little better? Sometimes it’s so true that when it rains, it pours. You might feel like you can’t catch a break. Habakkuk understood this, and his response?
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior. (3:18)
That’s not a natural, fleshly response. It’s a response that comes when God’s Spirit is working deep inside us. On those days you may have to turn on some worship music and lift your hands in the middle of the dirty kitchen and sing loud enough to drown out the rest.
Or pray loudly, counting blessings and refusing to complain about the rest.
Will you choose to rejoice today, no matter your circumstances?