Habakkuk 3:17-18 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.

Remember a litany of over-the-top silly woes, followed by the question “is that what’s troubling you Bunky?” Many of you may remember that question from a popular comedy record album of long ago. Remember the Old Philosopher? Remember records? He was Eddie Lawrence and he gave advice about dealing with life’s calamities. His trademark advice was always preceded by a few bars of loud, brassy, patriotic, marching band music. And then came his enthusiastically positive advice “Well, lift your head up high and take a walk in the sun with that dignity and stick-to-it-iveness and you’ll show the world, you’ll show them where to get off, you’ll never give up, never give up, never give up” — [two loud drum beats] — “that ship!” I’m guessing that record helped launch the spectacular emergence of the self-help book publishing craze! Here’s the prophet Habakkuk with a different take on life’s biggest difficulties. There’s way too much deep stuff that self can’t really help. Even when there are reasonable approaches that we might attempt in dealing with some of life’s calamities, the only truly wise first step is to get a clear-eyed perspective on the big picture – you are a beloved child of the Most High God, who will never leave or forsake you, who is fully on your side, and promises to weave even the darkest, harshest threads of our lives into the beauty of a finished tapestry called “my life in Christ.” Count on it!  As Habbakuk says “yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation”.Pastor Bill

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