"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 (ESV)
I first discovered this passage my junior year of college. I was going through a study on prayers in the Bible and Habakkuk 3 was one of the prayers. I was amazed by the power and splendor of God in Habakkuk's vision and by the place Habakkuk was in after the vision. The book of Habakkuk begins with H's complaint about evil and injustice in Judah. God responds that justice will come when He brings the Babylonians to punish the wicked Judeans. H. complains that the Babylonians are even worse than the wicked people they'll punish so how can that be just. God promises punishment for the Babylonians as well. Then H. receives his vision of the coming of God to deliver His people and judge the earth. H. responds by affirming his faith in God no matter what external circumstances appear. H. will rejoice and worship, come what may. God is his strength and salvation.
If I get motivated I'll post about my fun weekend tonight.