Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; 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! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
These beautiful words cried out to me this morning and danced across the page...er...screen. I saw that the musical direction was that this prayer was to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
For one reason or another, this is a lesson God has been trying to teach me all year. Since I'm a teacher, I can't help but not pass it on. It's in my "genes". God has reminded me over and over again this past year that my relationship with Him is not dependent upon my circumstances. It is dependent upon Him! Our circumstances may change in an instant. People may come and go, but God never changes and God never abandons us.
I want to make this one of the prayers of my heart over the next year. My physical world around me can be shaken and appear to be lying in shambles but if my true dwelling place is in Christ, if my true place of citizenship/residence is in the Palace with the King, I can rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in the God of my salvation. I am under His protection and have nothing to fear!
Does this mean I will never experience trouble, grief, fear, pain or suffering? Absolutely not! However, I will not walk through those things alone and while the body may experience being wounded, sick, tormented or even destroyed, these things will not destroy me for I am alive in Christ Jesus.
May God bless all of you this year. May you never forget that your peace, your hope and your joy are founded on Christ alone. There is no other place to be nor no other place to go and remember...the very best is yet to be!