The past couple of weeks have been very trying for myself and my family. My family here in Illinois and my family in Texas. There have been numerous trials and tribulations that we have endured these last couple weeks. Sometimes it feels as if we were in a vacuum and no one else understands what we were going through. One of the best things that God has given us is the connection with others which allows us to become vulnerable with each other.
Just the other day while chatting with a friend, we were talking about the start of the new school year and homecoming and the need to connect with our kids. As we spoke we understood that we are going through something very similar. We are not alone, even if we feel like asking the question “ Are you there?” We can all feel isolated.
This is how Habakkuk felt.
“The problem as God gave Habakkuk to see it: God, how long do I have to cry out for help before you listen? How many times do I have to yell, “Help! Murder! Police!” before you come to the rescue? Why do you force me to look at evil, stare trouble in the face day after day? Anarchy and violence break out, quarrels and fights all over the place. Law and order fall to pieces. Justice is a joke. The wicked have the righteous hamstrung and stand justice on its head.”
We are not alone. We are not the first to got through this. We don’t have to endure it by ourselves. As soon as Habakkuk asks this question God answers.
“A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk, with orchestra: God, I’ve heard what our ancestors say about you, and I’m stopped in my tracks, down on my knees. Do among us what you did among them. Work among us as you worked among them. And as you bring judgment, as you surely must, remember mercy. * * *”
“Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain! (For congregational use, with a full orchestra.)”
Whether we receive the answer that we want or not, God gives us peace and joy in His plan and purpose for us.
Let us remember that God is listening and has resolution and peace for those whom love him.