As I look out of my home office, there is nothing but snow. Everything is covered in white. So far in 2019 many of our wind chills here have been below 0. There seems to be a new winter weather warning just about every week. I often have a feeling of being trapped inside, waiting for it to be nice enough to go out. Sometimes I wonder if I can get my car out of my driveway. Many times, I wonder how much longer it will last. If you live in the Midwest, you may know this feeling.
This time of waiting for spring reminds me of the hope found in the story of Habakkuk. He is a prophet. Most of his short book shows his complaints, and questions to God, and God’s response back to him. At the end of chapter 3, we find something hopeful. It says;
“17 Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen, and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
This is a very difficult, but also very beautiful conclusion to his story. Although there is death and destruction all around him, Habakkuk ultimately chooses hope. Although their trees, fields, and stalls are bare, Habakkuk chooses to trust in the Lord. Although this is the end of his story, it is not the end of God’s story. God is still at work doing many great things.
In these (sometimes) long winter months, it can be easy to feel like Habakkuk, trapped. Being surrounded by snow, cold, darkness, and lifeless trees and plants. Like Habakkuk, we can be assured that something better is still on the way. The temperatures will rise, the snow will melt, the days will get longer, and the lifeless trees and plants will be full of life again. More than that, we have the assurance of Christ coming back for us. Life here is only temporary, with Christ, we have life eternal. Habakkuk hoped that something better was still coming. We can be assured of it, we just have to wait.
God has done so many amazing things at Bdecan. God has grown this ministry in ways that I cannot even imagine. Things are happening that were just dreams years ago. Even though God has already done and is continuing to do wonderful things, I am convinced that He is not done yet. I believe that God still has great plans for this ministry. Plans that don’t even know about yet. We still have work to do here, and we still need your continued support. We believe like Habakkuk, that God’s best is still before us.
If you are lucky, you may be able to see the fruits of your labor here. Many of you probably won’t get that chance. I want you to know that the time, energy, supplies, and money that you invest to our ministry is making a difference, and will continue making a difference in the months and years ahead. We are thankful for what we have received, and we are full of hope to see what God does with this ministry in the years to come!
Bdecan Presbyterian Church
Phone (701) 294-2283
My name is Joe Obermeyer. I was the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Bdecan Presbyterian Church from 2013 to 20202.