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Lenten Devotionals: Habakkuk 3:17-18

February 19, 2013                              By: Sue McClellan
Habakkuk 3: 17-18
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine, even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. 
Have you ever thought about a simple piece of thread?  It seems so insignificant by itself.  Most of the time when we see a single piece of thread, we just toss it aside.   What difference could that one little piece of thread make?  And then, think about that one piece of thread as it unravels the button on your shirt or hem on your dress.  Suddenly, that one piece of thread makes a huge difference in your life.  And, we have all known the feeling of “hanging on by a thread.”
I know in God’s wisdom, He takes those threads, broken or not and weaves them for our own good.  I know that He takes our carelessness in what we perceive to be insignificant moments and reworks them to create our individual journey.  I pray that as we begin the season of lent, the season of hope and restoration, our eyes will be open and allow each thread to connect and trust in the God of goodness and mercy.
Heavenly father, I pray that all of us will see how our lives have been woven, broken and re-woven.  I pray that we will recognize when all we see are broken threads that your hand has been in control all along.   I ask for your continued love, guidance and help for a world that seems so broken and I ask you to give us wisdom to know how to reach the hurting.  Amen.


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