When There is Nothing

Some mornings are what I call "dry well" mornings.  What do I write about?  I look back over older blog posts and see if one is waving its hand asking to be reposted.  Nope.  Nothing. No ideas come to mind. I've prayed about it .... and still nothing.

It's a cold, gray day.  I'm tired.  I'm not feeling well. Today writing seems like a chore.  Several things I counted on have fallen through.  How do I encourage when I feel discouraged myself?  What do I write about?

I have a verse of the day sent to me by email.   I tell myself that I will use the verse that comes up for today and write about it.  Not a very inspired way to write, I'll admit.

I look at the verse ... and smile.  It is one of my favorite Scriptures. How well God knows what I need when I need it!

Though the fig tree dos not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though 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. Habakkuk 3: 17-18

I reread the verse.  No buds, no grapes, no olive crop,  no food, no sheep, no cattle.  Those would be dire straits in Biblical times.

My own areas of lack are not as wide spread.  No ideas to write about, no cooperative body, no success in areas I wanted to succeed in, no fireworks going off in the sky declaring what a grand and glorious day this is.  (Ok, I wasn't really hoping for fireworks.)  Things just aren't living up to my expectations.

Small stuff, really - nothing like being completely bereft of food. 

I've overlooked the whole point once again and God knew it.

Dear readers, I know just how hard it can be to rejoice when nothing seems worthy of that rejoicing.  Some of you are going through horrendous trials.  You may be worrying about where that next meal will come from.  Some are on the verge of losing their homes.  Others have relationships falling apart.  Many are in so much pain from their illnesses.

You may feel there is nothing left.  Nothing to hold on to.  Some feel there is no reason to go on.  My heart feels torn by the anguish some of you are experiencing right now.

Yet I do know, that on the days when you feel there is nothing to rejoice about - when everything else is gone - He is still there. Even though we may lose everything else … we will always have our Lord and Savior.

Father God, I weep for the trials some of my brothers and sisters in You are going through today. I don't understand your ways - but I know that in all things You are still there.  I pray for each one, Lord, that you would strengthen them - encourage them - help them to see that even in the loss of all things the treasure we have in You is without measure.  Amen and amen.

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