I know I should probably write something about Christmas today - but this is what the Lord showed me this morning.... so I'm passing it on to you.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (ESV)
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls;
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like the deer's,
He makes me tread on my high places.
So... let me get this straight...
Even though there is no food, medicine (from the olive plant), income (from the sell of produce & livestock), or clothing (from the livestock) - I am to rejoice in the Lord.
Even though I may not have all the comforts of my life around me - those things that I believe will give me security and ease - I am to find my joy in the Lord. I am to rejoice in the midst of this? Yes!
Today I have been reminded that no matter what troubles are around me - He makes me strong enough to climb rocks like the deer - and for this I am to find joy!