There are lots of times in life when I have to “prepare for the worse and hope for the best”. I have to calculate the losses ahead of time and be prepared if the worse thing happens. This feels like to me a type of “negative thinking”. I try hard not to be so negative, but sometimes it’s a real hard struggle. Hope says I can be positive and plan for the most positive. I guess I’d like to also be somewhat realistic in my thinking.
Habakkuk had a steady outlook. He is an example of standing in the midst of the worse case scenario. Check this out…17 Fig trees may not grow figs, and there may be no grapes on the vines. There may be no olives growing and no food growing in the fields. There may be no sheep in the pens and no cattle in the barns. 18 But I will still be glad in the Lord; I will rejoice in God my Savior. 19 The Lord God is my strength. He makes me like a deer that does not stumble so I can walk on the steep mountains. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NCV)
This has for years been a favorite passage of mine. I want this to be who I am. I want to walk with the Lord through the worse case scenarios in my life. I don’t always understand the desperate situations. I want to decide now to ALWAYS hold on to Him no matter what the situation. If I were to be like Job and loose everyone I love and everything I own – I will still trust in the Lord. I will sing “Blessed Be Your Name” in the midst of the worse case scenario.Pressing On! Dwayne