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Though the cherry trees don't blossom and the strawberries don't ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I'm singing joyful praise to God. I'm turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God's Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I'm king of the mountain! Habakkuk 3:17-20 MSG
this morning, over eggs and coffee, after we'd risen early and worked our bodies, we strengthened our souls. one of our chief joys is our daily devotional time together. a quick read from jesus calling (so so highly recommended) and a moment to dwell in the scriptures.
i feel that this is what god is teaching me this season, joyfulness despite uncertainty. and why are we to have a response of joyfulness, even when things are not going as planned? when the cherry trees of our lives aren't blossoming, and when the wheat isn't available for harvest and we have been emptied? we are to rejoice because we have been given the ultimate hope.
we do not live for this world, for the blossoms or the salaries, for the illusion of perfection. we live for jesus. we live to bring god glory. we live for the hope of the life that is to come. and living in this hope, produces fruit in his time.