When The Tree Does Not Bud

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Whenever I visit my parent’s upcountry, I marvel at the fresh green farms with so much produce. For some reason, I often visit during the rainy budding seasons. It is so much fun walking around the farm, enjoying the fresh air. Every time I pray for my parents, I cover their farm and livestock; the picture I have in mind is beautiful. Fresh fruit and vegetables, maize cobs and beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane.. Ooh that farm makes me happy. It is easier to rejoice and praise God when looking at such.

Once my mother sent a photo of how the farm looked like, when everything had dried up because of a drought season. It was unbelievable to even imagine that it was the same farm I loved. The land was not being prepared for planting, the soil was not fresh and ready, instead, everything had dried up. There was nothing to smile about, nothing to rejoice about. She confirmed that for once, one could walk around the farm and return home empty handed. It is very hard to rejoice and praise God while looking at such.

In the same way, as a Christian, it is easy to praise God when there is much fruit and reasons to rejoice. When doors have opened and one has found that dream job, when the family is healthy, when bills have been paid, when the marriage is thriving, when there is food on the table, when the business is doing well and when God has answered your prayers the exactly how you prayed. In fact for me, these seasons get me up on my feet dancing and praising God. But what happens when you are in a season of pain and lack? For many, it is difficult to even pray and read the Word, difficult to praise God and spend time in His presence.

Habakkuk says ‘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.’ – Habakkuk 3:17-18. He says that no matter how unfruitful things may seem, he will still praise the Lord! Imagine looking at a pen with no sheep, a stall with no cattle and choosing to praise God!

Today I pray for the grace to rejoice and praise God no matter the situations around us. That even when the tree does not bud, we shall not coil back and murmur, instead we shall arise like Habakkuk and say ‘yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.’

Selah

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