Habakkuk’s “Yet …”
Life does not always go as hoped or planned.
Fig trees don't blossom, trials await us;
In ways that we struggle to understand,
We see pain, despair, hate, and injustice.
We can't always fix what we see is stuck -
In our lives, communities, or our world.
But in such times, our faith quotes Habakkuk:
"Yet I will rejoice this day in the Lord."
And if not rejoice, we cling still to "yet ..."
Which leaves the door open for God to act.
"Yet ..." says, we trust you, Lord, not to forget,
To give what we need to help those who lack.
"Yet ..." believes God will make our feet like deer,
So we can tread high, and bring God's reign near.
This is a sonnet written for my daughter, whose birthday we celebrate today, and who names this passage from Habakkuk as one of her favorite in all of scripture. It is Habakkuk’s profoundly moving statement of faith made at the very end of his book:
Though the fig tree does not blossom,Habakkuk 3:17-19
and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
and makes me tread upon the heights.