The Fig Tree


I took this picture with my new tripod and remote.
I was inspired from a photography blog that talked about the importance of taking self-portrais.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, 
nor fruit be on the vines, 
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places.

--Habakkuk 3:17-19

I don't know what 2013 holds for me, but right now, these verses from Habakkuk are speaking to me. I feel as though lately I have been struggling with being content. Content with my job, my apartment, my income, my photography, my blog. 

This year I'm trying to read a chapter of the Bible every night, and last week I chose to read through Habakkuk. I feel like I relate to Habakkuk a lot in what he says here at the end of the book. He is coming to terms with God's plan and realizes that even though it looks like nothing is going right--there's no food and no animals and no hope--YET he will rejoice and have joy. 

During my run on Saturday I was listening to my ipod, and the song "Starry Night" by Chris August came on. I ended up listening to it on repeat for the last half hour. If you have a couple of minutes to give it a listen, I highly recommend it. And apparently it makes a great  inspirational running song, because I ran 3 sub 9-minute miles during that 30 minutes. Plus one for Jesus music! 

Justine said...

Thanks for this. A great reminder to keep everything in perspective!

Hannah said...

That's an excellent portrait. I love the lighting! That quote is a great reminder to be joyful in the midst of uncertainties.

Benjamin and Stacy said...

Love this post.

LeAnna said...

LOVE the self portrait, it rocks. And Habakkuk is so full of good stuff. Great word, sister.