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A Three-Letter Word

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord.  Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV

a three-letter word“What on earth do fig trees, olive oil, sheep, and cattle have to do with me in modern American society?” I asked myself.

Fig tree not blossoming? Long-held expectations have been dashed. No fruit on the vines? Efforts and prayers don’t lead to the hoped-for results. No olive oil or food? At times, I become keenly aware of what’s missing in my life. Being cut off from the fold? Sometimes I feel isolated from others and deem myself unprotected. No herd? Something I thought I held safely suddenly disappears.

Rather than lasering on disappointments, I can opt for joy and rely on God. He will be my strength—plus a bonus promise for nimble and sure feet. A wonderful blessing as I walk on with Him step by step.

But it all hinges on me focusing on the three-letter word “yet.” Yet I will rejoice in the Lord.

Choose to rejoice in God today and turn away from self-pity. He will strengthen and guide you as you trust Him. 

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Lauri Thompson

A Wisconsin native, Lauri Lemke Thompson enjoys living with her husband in the lovely Ozark mountains in Branson, Missouri. She is active in the Ozarks Chapter of the American Christian Writers and Christian Women’s Connection and volunteers for the local hospital. She authored a book called Hitting Pause, a collection of her articles and devotions. Her articles also appear in the Branson Tri-Lakes News.