“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.” Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
Habakkuk prophesied to Judah before the Babylonian invasion and the destruction of Jerusalem. Much of his book is a mourning that God is silent, turned away from His people, and bringing devastation. But it is also sprinkled with reminders of God and joy. Joy is defined as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”
When I was young, my mom loved musicals. We watched The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The King and I and, it seemed, hundreds of others. But one of my mom’s favorites was The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Which inspired the title for this blog post. “Unsinkable” was an attitude, a way of looking at life. We emulate that “unsinkable” mentality when we tackle our troubles, but still express our joy that our Lord is our Savior, our comforter, our strength and refuge. Our relationship with God is of more value than anything else we may possess, that is the joy.
When we are in the throes of trouble, and these times may be the perfect example, we can still rejoice that our God is with us. Our more current troubles may be loss of job, death of a loved one, a failed relationship, or financial issues; but we can continue to have “unsinkable joy” in the midst of our difficulties because our God, our Savior, our Lord is with us. Carrying us, sharing our burdens, comforting us, keeping His promises, and loving us through it all. We can still rejoice!
This week remain “unsinkable” in the midst of your troubles. Rise above the flood of anxiety and openly express your joy in being a child of God, of being protected, of being loved and of being in communication with the Creator of all.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we seek to rise above the troubled waters and demonstrate our “unsinkable joy”.
Blessings and joy!