This week’s excerpt from Daily Inspiration for Women is written by me (Vinita), because I authored this section of the book.
Though the fig tree does not blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails
and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold
and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will exult in the God of my salvation.
Autumn is the time for harvests. But what if there is no harvest? What if our efforts don’t pay off? What if promises are broken? What if we disappoint or are disappointed?
These are the times to dig deep into our sense of the God who transcends circumstance. Because we are held in the love of God, it’s possible for us to hold steady, even when the harvest is empty.
The writer of Habakkuk was speaking to a people worn down by oppression, famine, warfare, and exile. His point was this: the one constant in their lives was God’s love. That love transcended the routine order of things, especially when that routine—such as harvest time—was disrupted or destroyed.
No matter what course your life has taken, there is indeed a harvest going on all the time. Your efforts, your prayers, your character, your gifts—all these have cultivated life, and the results have come, are coming now, and will continue to come.
- What harvest are you experiencing right now? Was it a harvest you expected, or not?
- Look back at how you have used your gifts. What has given you the most joy in your giftedness? What have been some of the results of your gifts?
- What do you enjoy about the physical season of autumn, and how does that connect with you on a personal level?
- What, for you, is a real harvest, one that you consider important and satisfying?
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