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.
Habukkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
I sat for a long time today after reading those words. I thought about the most recent years of my life which truthfully have been some of the most difficult me and my family have ever endured. Our fig trees had no blossoms. The vines were bare. The olive crop failed and our fields were empty and barren. Our flocks died, the barns were empty and yet God had not forsaken us!
In the desert, we must rely on God and God alone to sustain us or we will perish. He nourishes us in the most unlikely ways giving us "manna" from Heaven and transforms the bitter water into sweet. Water gushes from the Rock that quenches our thirst, cleanses us and soothes our weary feet. Though the sun beats down without mercy, we are safe under the cloud of the presence of the Lord. The temperature plummets as the sun dips beneath the horizon and darkness falls. It is dark, ever so dark and we hear the sounds of wild animals and perhaps enemies around us, but the Lord is our light. He turns our darkness into light, giving us light, warmth and protection. We can lie down in peace and sleep, safe and secure in His presence.
The journey is long but we are not alone.
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Can only say amen. All you say is so true having spent time in the desert. A place God knew I needed to be ... to come to complete reliance on Him. A barren land were I can't find the things I need on my own to live.