As we are celebrating Easter this week I have been reflecting on what I learned during our Grace Church fasting experience several weeks ago. Have you remembered what you learned during that special time as well?
When I was in the middle of our fasting time, I sensed the Lord telling me to read the book of Habakkuk. I thought to myself, “Lord, you really want me to read Habakkuk?” I distinctly heard a reply, “Yes, read Habakkuk.” Now I knew it had to be the Lord because this is not a book that I would typically go to first in the Bible; however, the Lord knew that I needed it.
As I struggle with new pain and new challenges with my illness, the Lord knew that I needed a new passage of Scripture to give me hope and comfort. He truly gave me that gift in Habakkuk 3:17-19. “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. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.”
This passage was so encouraging to me! When my legs do not want to move, and my shoulders are not able to reach upward, and I am not able to walk with strength, and when my neck and back are in severe pain, I can still rejoice in the Lord my Savior. He is my strength.
As we celebrate Easter and reflect on all the sacrifices the Lord made for us and think of all of the pain and suffering He went through, I cannot look at my own suffering with complaint. The reality is that I have been given this life to live and my own suffering. However, He gave me this wonderful passage to hang on to, to be my hope in moments when I feel that I cannot take another step. I pray that what you learned in your fasting time is brought to your thoughts this Easter. God’s blessings to you all!