“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

Between the “though” of everyday life and the “yet” of faith there is a tension. It is the stress between “what is” and “what is to come.” It is the stress between the unfavorable circumstances of life at any moment and the hope of our faith that keeps us moving forward. It is that span of time between “seeing through a glass darkly and then face to face;” “knowing in part and knowing fully.” In other words, your present circumstances do not define who you are or what you are becoming.

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