On the first and third Mondays of each month, anyone who wants to participate can post their thoughts on a specific verse--posted here at my blog on the Thursday before, to allow you to chew on it over the weekend. It doesn't have to be long -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Just post it on your blog on Mondayish (early OR late is fine, by the way!), then come back here and link up in the Linky Tools gadget that will be at the bottom of MY post at o'dark thirty that morning.
Our passage for today are in a little-known, little-read book that packs quite a punch. These two verses I chose do the very same thing. Much to ponder here - and I hope each of you can think of your very own examples that prove this true.
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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.
Sometimes the Lord is hard to trust.When life is hard, when circumstances are pushing you down, when it seems like everything, and everyone, is against you, trusting God doesn't always feel like second nature. When you sit in dust and ashes and wonder when the next tragedy is going to hit, when your life seems hopeless, useless, and pointless, it's difficult to see your way out of the chasm you feel you've fallen into. You feel alone. Abandoned. Forsaken. Out of luck.
But remember: no matter how you feel, He is there.If you're seven years old and your mother dies, He's there. And He loves you.
If you're in middle school and you're the butt of every joke, He's there. And He is protecting you.
If you're in high school and you hate your family enough to move out, He's there. And He is watching out for you.
If you're six months pregnant and your husband is diagnosed with a brain tumor, He's there. And He is strengthening, blessing, and growing you. And He is worthy to be praised.
My friend - no matter your situation, no matter your struggles, God is in control. And He can be trusted. Though things feel and look bad, yet the Lord knows what is going on, and is working it out for good (Romans 8:28). Though you are certain there is nothing worthy in the suffering you are experiencing, yet God is using it in a masterful way we will never understand this side of Heaven.
No matter your circumstances, my friend, no matter what your "though" is, God's love and care for you and the world is all the "yet" we need.
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Thanks for reading my thoughts. Hope you'll share your own on these verses and link up below, or just read what others have contributed. You will be blessed. :)
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence
Hi Joanne! I really appreciate your thoughts on these verses--and your blog itself as well. You are such an encouragement. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Joanne, I love the thoughts you've shared and the verse you selected too. I've linked up. You pointed out so well that at whatever age and whatever situation we find ourselves, God is available to us.ReplyDelete