"Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food..., Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation."
SEEING GOD IN THE DARK
Whenever I read Habakkuk 3: 17-18, I think of my mother whose faith neither failed nor faltered as she struggled to raise my six siblings and me. Because Mama's annual income was no more than approximately three thousand dollars, our family was classified as living below the poverty line. Yet, I never heard my mother complain about our lot in life. No matter how difficult times were, she faithfully attended church and performed her duties as the church secretary and the church treasurer. Without fail, she saw to it that we children had an offering for Sunday School. God saw Mama through many hard times, including two miscarriages and abusive relationships. Although she did not always know how she was going to handle her responsibilities as a mother, she trusted God to provide for the needs of her and us children. Mama was someone who had the faith to see God in the dark. It was many years before I reached the stage where my faith allowed me to see God in the dark. This was especially true when I was forced to retire from my teaching position due to illness. Many times, I could not see how I was going to financially survive. As God walked with me through storm after storm and showed Himself in miraculous ways, I finally reached the stage where no matter what difficulties I experienced, I rejoiced in the Lord, and joy replaced despair because even in turbulent times, my faith allowed me to see God. Now, just like my mother's faith, my faith neither fails nor falters. To God be the glory for the ability to see Him even in the dark!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for walking with us through the storms of life. May we never doubt your love, and may we forever trust our unknown futures to You, a known God. Continue to strengthen our faith as we keep our minds stayed on You.
Submitted by Dea. Barbara Smalling