I am a muddle of thoughts. I read the book of Joel in the Old Testament this morning with my dear husband, actually he read Joel to me, which is not the usual way we do it, but that is what happened this morning. And so I listened…
Our food disappears before our very eyes.
No joyful celebrations are held in the house of our God.
17 The seeds die in the parched ground,
and the grain crops fail.
The barns stand empty,
and granaries are abandoned.
18 How the animals moan with hunger!
The herds of cattle wander about confused,
because they have no pasture.
The flocks of sheep and goats bleat in misery.19 Lord, help us! Joel 1 (NLT)
I had just read two similar modern tales of such disaster. One was Katie’s blog and the other was an e-mail I got about a man who had a handful of seeds that he knew were dead. He distributed a seed to each person in his company. He told them to tend their seed and bring him the produce of their seed in one year. Based on their results, he would select the next CEO of the company. The next year tons of produce were brought to him by everyone, except one man. One man handed the CEO his dead seed and said he could not get it to produce anything. At that, the CEO announced that this man was the next CEO. The reason: he was the only honest man among them.And so I thought about success and being thankful and what really matters. Everywhere, it seems, from Uganda to corporate America; in my life and in the sacred pages of Scripture what matters is our character and conduct, NO MATTER WHAT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Habakkuk 3 says it so well
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.