Do you know what this verse says? It says, “…I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But do you know the context? It’s about calamity. Verses 17-19 read: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” (Italics added.)
I would be presenting a grossly inaccurate picture if I led you to believe that all our efforts succeeded beautifully this year. The truth is that some failed, and some failed miserably. The saddest story is our tomatoes. Remember those healthy looking plants? Well, they were overtaken with an awful fungal infection and our efforts to control it were too late. We lost them all – over 100 plants. Early on the day that I knew I’d have to go out and uproot those plants, Habakkuk came to mind. For an agriculturalist, that passage describes utter failure, and likely severe hunger. But yet Habakkuk is rejoicing in God. Not just “trusting”, but REJOICING! Hmmm…what about me? What am I doing when everything seems to go wrong? Do I rejoice in God, do I speak His promises and truth – that He “is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights”? Too often I do not follow Habakkuk’s example, but I was thankful that God brought this reminder. Below you’ll find the evidence that I live a real (i.e. not perfect) life too:
Only the start of the fungal infection. Soon all the stems and leaves turned dark brown and eventually died.
Zucchini stem rot. Never could quite figure out what caused it, since it didn’t exactly match cut worm damage.
And you know these beautiful cantaloupe and watermelon vines?
Well, we got a couple hopeful candidates…
but even that one was filled with worms. The vines all died mysteriously, and a couple weeks later the watermelon followed suite. We got two small watermelon and no cantaloupe.