I ran across a few verses the other night at bible study and they just hit me like a direct punch in the heart… The Holy Spirit distracted me so much that I found myself flipping open my journal to scribble some thoughts down while my eyes were glued to the verses in Habakkuk 3:
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. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
Verses 17-19 NIV
In life sometimes I tend to process seasons as either mountains or valleys, you know highs and lows. But I love how Habakkuk says here in verse 19 that the LORD will make my feet like the feet of a deer, enabling me to go on to climb that mountain. It says here that I can go on to new heights because of what HE does. Not because I try harder or because my grit takes over, but because HE makes my feet like that of a deer. He enables me to climb that mountain, out of the valley. That is a pretty amazing thought!!
And it all starts with rejoicing – verse 18 – yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. And the part that especially caught my attention is that this comes directly after he is talking in verse 17 about how desolate it is… the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines. There is no olive crop and the fields are producing no food. There are no sheep and no cattle. In other words it is empty, desolate, void, hopeless. Yet I will rejoice….he says. Wow. I am pretty sure I needed that reminder.
It made me stop and think about some of the circumstance we face in our lives:
- When the days are in full swing of crazy busyness – Rejoice
- When the days are hard and seem heavy – Rejoice
- When the days are happy and full of joy – Rejoice
- When the kids are sick and the sleepless nights many – Rejoice
- When the laundry seems endless, hot meals demanded, a dirty house looming – Rejoice
- When work seems endless and the ongoing struggle with your coworker is exhausting – Rejoice
- And as hard as it sounds, when life throws a wrench in our “plans” – rejoice
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
I want to do more rejoicing and less complaining. More time focusing on the LORD’s sovereignty. More time praising him for WHO HE IS and less time worrying about the things I cannot change. It will drive my mind and my heart directly to my Sovereign LORD who is my strength. (vs 19)