by Heather Tietz
For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
There can be no hero without a villain. There can be no understanding of plenty without scarcity. There can be no salvation without dire circumstance. If you are at the edge of a sheer cliff, if your harvest is weeds, your herds are missing, your den has lions, then you are ripe for a saving hand.
No safe and steady person needs a rescue. But no secure person will have the pleasure of being swept off their feet by the God of the universe either.
If Jesus is the hero you’ve been praying to come, He will. He came to save the lost; He said so. So be on the lookout. Stay hopeful. There is a joy not in your pain but in your hope, in the expectation that God will come through with His magnificent plan. We can take joy in knowing that in His own way, in the best way, God will rescue what has been lost. He will sweep us off our feet and place us on top of our circumstance.