17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 YetI will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 (KJV)
The word “yet” means at the present time, up to a particular time or in the time still remaining. In this passage, the prophet Habakkuk is saying:
- At this moment right now, I will rejoice in the Lord
- I will rejoice in the Lord up to a particular time, when I’m made perfect in His likeness.
- In the time that still remains on this earth, I will rejoice in the Lord.
Say it like this: Even though all these negative things may happen or may have already happened to me, I’m still going to rejoice right here, right now and as long as I have my being.
To borrow a quote from my book, Dancing in My Tattered Pink Dress: “I declare that in my life, I’ve been through great loss and excruciating pain; endured unspeakable grief and profound sadness. But … just let me enjoy His fresh air and sunshine. Just let me continue to bask in the rays of His warmth and love. Just let me continue this journey and trust that wherever it leads me, He is there to sustain me … Whether times are great or whether times are awful, whether I live for 50 more years or 50 more days, my daily choice is to dance, to smile and to celebrate. Despite everything, my journey is filled with joy.”