Week 33 Joy
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 tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV
My best friend is living some people’s nightmare right now. Rising flood waters destroyed the entire town of Denham Springs this week. Their homes, cars, and possessions disappeared in just a few tense hours. Her own family and pets barely escaped the swirling waters safely. It will take months to years to recover from the destruction, BUT she has not lost her joy. In the midst of the storm, literally, she has rested in God Who gave her perspective. Her joy is not in comfort, but in knowing Him.
I think the measure of a person’s relationship with God is in these moments, when there are ‘no grapes on the vine. When pressed, joy overflows anyway.
May the Lord heal and provide for the residents of Louisiana. May peace, love, hope and joy overflow from God’s people in greater measure than the waters that rose last week.
I chose a tip-in to show the joy of the LORD can cover the pain of destruction in their neighborhoods.
I ask that you would find some way to help residents in LA. If you want to help my friend here is a link to a funding site. Thank you for helping those in need and spreading the Love and Joy of the Lord.