Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WFW - Habakkuk


I've been reading through the minor prophets this Fall.  You've seen Word Filled Wednesdays from Hosea and Micah.  Last week I was reading through Habakkuk, which happens to contain one of my favorite verses. 

This picture of a dry, withered corn field doesn't always bring the words "rejoice" and "joyful", but if you read Habakkuk, it will make sense.  The verse that precedes this one says "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."  Do you hear that?  That's a whole list of stuff that has gone WRONG...no buds, no grapes, no crops, no food, no animals. 

If I could describe September 2009-February 2010, I think it would be that verse.  It seemed like around every turn, Isaac and I got more bad news.  It could've devastated us.  It could've made us bitter.  On February 24, 2010, I could've walked away from God.  But instead - I decided to choose joy.

The key word in that verse, for me, is YET.  All this bad stuff happened, nothing went the way it was supposed to, YET I will REJOICE in the Lord.  I will be JOYFUL in God my Savior.

Do you feel like this withered, dry corn field?  Do you feel hopeless, worn out, and failing?  Open up your Bible.  Read the promises of God.  The Psalms are full of God's beautiful promises.   Allow God to refresh your heart! 
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I've shared this at Internet Cafe Devotions and Good Morning Girls!

8 comments:

  1. It is indeed a choice...choose JOY and choose Jesus. It's not always fruitful and glorious, so often its dry and hard and full of pot hole after pot hole....but I'm with you...choosing JOY!

    peace on the journey,
    lori

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences coupled with his wisdom! I have tears as I face the Words you share today. I've recently been faced with something painful from my past and had to come to terms with it, as I did this last week. I blogged about it, and while it was personal, I couldn't share the personal details. Just the same, I've had to find the YET, just as you have. Praise the Lord that there is always a happy ending in His care!

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  3. What a good idea--reading through the minor prophets. I always get a little lost in them, but it would do me good to try reading through them. Thanks! And thanks for this precious post on a favorite passage of mine for many years.

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  4. Oh wow, this has been my life verse. So powerful.

    I just read about your husband. I'm so sorry.

    I'm the mother of a cancer survivor. I know the battles, and to think how brave he was.

    Now he finally WON and is WHOLE!

    I'm so blessed you choose JOY.

    So nice to meet you♥

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  5. Well said, friend. You are so wise and eloquent.

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  6. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Found your blog via Good Morning Girls.

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  7. Thanks for this. I personally found great joy in this verse attached to this particular picture as several years ago, a couple friends and i were on a very large road trip. We ended up in a spent corn field just like this, literally. We barely made it to the next town, the car wouldn't drive even close to properly. I was very upset and yet the song God put in my head was "dancing with my Father God in Fields of Grace". Somehow it made me angrier. But God did something miraculous and the mechanic even noted that not only was nothing damaged, the computer registered everything as more perfectly in sync than even a new car. I had to laugh then. Driving by the field on our way back and in the light of day we saw our tracks into the field, at the only point from the road that wasn't a huge ditch. Now when I see spent corn fields I always think of joy, the joy of my God who saved me.

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