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Waiting & Rejoicing

Hello Dear Friends,


This morning I was reading in Habakkuk.

Chapter 3 comes to a close saying this as Habakkuk is seeing the utter chaos and suffering of the world;


“I heard and my heart pounded,

my lips quivered at the sound;

decay crept into my bones,

and my legs trembled.

YET

I will WAIT PATIENTLY for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.

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 ‭3‬:‭16‬-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This reading stirred my heart deeply this morning. To see the great fear and reality of our world, and to YET WAIT PATIENTLY, with REJOICING, what subversive power is the presence of God in our lives!? It’s transforming, to the very core of our being.

During this week of Prayer and Fasting, keep seeking the Lord and His transformative presence. He desires to give us the gift of patient waiting upon Him, and rejoicing even in the midst of the storms of life. God is alive. His desire is for us to dwell in His presence and be changed, renewed, encouraged, hopeful, peaceful, and blanketed in His all-encompassing love.

Pray for these gifts.

He is the giver. He delights to give to His kids.

We are never alone or abandoned.

Grab ahold of the YET in the midst of our trials, and trust in our delivering Jesus.

With the gift of patient rejoicing,

Rachel

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