The Lord directed me to read the book of Habakkuk this morning. It seemed appropriate because July 4th is next week and our nation is full of conflict and division. Habakkuk was seeking God for answers for his nation and I believe many of us are doing the same thing.
The questions he asked reminded me of the same questions many of us ask. "How long must I call for help but you do not listen? Why do you tolerate injustice and wrong? Habakkuk was living in a time where destruction and violence was always before him, where strife and conflict abound.
He even felt the law was paralyzed and justice never prevailed. Does this sound familiar?
Many of us are overwhelmed with the reality of the same things. I hear the stories of those who are living under similar circumstances - loss of loved ones, financial difficulties, relational problems, accusations, betrayal, loneliness, abuse, or unwelcome transition that is out of their control. Hopelessness seems to reign and any solutions appear too far in the distant. Yet...
The Lord's answer to Habakkuk and to us remains - "Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you will not believe even if you were told."
I believe this message is true for us today! Habakkuk replied by saying, "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he (the Lord) will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint." Latter Habakkuk said in chapter 3:17-19, "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 go on the the heights."
I have not experienced 'burn out' for awhile but am definitely recognizing it right now. So being proactive for myself is a priority that I am choosing right now. Time for rest, time for some fun, and time for joy to seep in again. Perhaps we do not have all the answers of the where is God or the why but I know the choices I can make. Starring at these questions for extended periods of time are not helpful at all. This is why we drop into hopelessness. So even in the midst of not having solutions I am choosing to stand on my watch and expect God to do what he typically does - something absolutely amazing and yes, it often occurs at the least expected time. His promises are true and faithful and I am choosing to shift my view from the hopeless things I see in the natural towards hope in the miraculous that God can and will do for those he loves - us. For me this has always worked. This is what keeps me going even though everything around me appears to state the opposite.
I can actually feel strength coming into my bones and my feet lighter as I set my mind toward brighter, higher things. Hope arises as I begin to look forward to God placing a new song within my heart. Expectation is so powerful yet also challenging.
What do you expect from your day? If you are looking at only what is in front of you, this is what will loom back at you. If you consider God's fame of what he can do and will do for you, write it down, allow the herald to run with it and expect it to occur. I am determined to go on to the heights. Let it be your desire and expectation as well.