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–yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Little or no harvest is disappointing—especially after diligent and persistent sowing.

Praising and worshiping God is easy when my fruit basket is full. However, a true test of faith is expressing devotion and adoration when harvests are lean.

A main premise of Scripture is that we reap what we sow, but what if my sowing reaps nothing, if prayers for opportunities collide against closed doors, if phone calls and emails are not returned, if rejection letters arrive, or if promotions do not happen. Can I still rejoice without ceasing as Job and say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Is my faith so resolute to approach the fiery furnace as Daniel’s friends and say, “Even if God doesn’t bless me, I’ll still be faithful to Him?”

These questions challenge me when my spiritual fig trees, vines, and olive trees yield little fruit. As a writer and speaker, equipping and inspiring people energizes me. When my audiences or readers have “Aha” moments, it fuels my passion as a vessel suitable for my Master’s use.

Yet in a season of no harvest, I question if I’ve missed something. When articles are seen by hundreds but “liked” by few, doubt creeps across my mind. When a passionate delivery of a message God has revealed results in the audience staring at me like a mule looking at a new gate. Uncertainty grips my heart.

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