A Hymn of Faith
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Sounds like our times: economic failures and future uncertainty dominate the news.
In our own experience:
- 126 were laid off where Mike works, even after many years with the company.
- In our family we have experienced losses: Sam got out of the skateboard business; Leah had to quit studying; and I am no longer teaching in the university.
What has been our response?
Mike is asking, Why me? Why was he not let go?
Sam has been kept busy with remodeling and carpentry type jobs.
Leah is doing what she can. She is a survivor.
And I still have much to learn in my position as bilingual specialist.
Though we have questioned, complained, doubted and grumbled at times, our ultimate desire is to be grateful, adjust and learn.
Mike has to work longer hours, but he has employment.
And I enjoyed subbing four weeks for a Reality Spanish course for Teachers.
There is a saying in Spanish:
No hay mal que por bien no venga.
Basically: Good comes out of every bad thing.
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.