Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meditating on Scriptures: Habakkuk 3:17-19

“Though the fig trees should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord GOD is my strength
And HE has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.”
-Habakkuk 3:17-19

This verse has been both challenging and encouraging to us during this time of uncertainty. A few times I have written the verse in my own words to personalize it to our circumstances, almost as a kind of statement of my faith or personal challenge (though I still need help living it out!). Here’s my most recent rendition:

“Though we have no job
And no source of income
Though we have no final destination
And no place to call “home,”
Though we be cut off from what we have known here
And leave this place we love,
Yet I will exult in the LORD
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.”

This isn’t to say that we aren’t looking forward to being near friends and family in the States, but it is a difficult time of uncertainties for us right now. There is so much about here that we will miss, and we don’t yet know what we will be going to or where we will live (after we leave Wheaton). But I cling to the words above- The Lord GOD is my strength! He will do good through all of this! Praise the Lord!


Joanna said...

Habakkuk is my favorite book of the Bible. I know, I'm weird. Partly because the prophet has the audacity to question God (and gets answers!), and partly because of this passage- although everything is unsure and falling apart, he still trusts in God, and believes that God will bring him through. Thanks for sharing this- we're praying for you!

Teresa said...

Joanna- thanks for your prayers. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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