Chaperones found purpose in the two day and two hour delay of the Choir tour. "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines," the bus read in their tour devotional series on the shortest books of the Bible rarely read. Habakkuk continues, "though there no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."

It was a disappointing few days for the Hillcrest Choir. Many showed up to leave at 4:30am this morning, but were directed to Perkins for Eggs Benedict and soda because the orange juice machine was out of service. When it rains, it snows, and the snow ventured north outside of projections to delay the choir two hours.

The choir made quick work of packing when the bus arrived at 6:30am. A soft reflection for the devotional verses they would read ten hours later, being joyful in the Lord, doing good work. 

The choir pushed off a few minutes after seven following a prayer of blessing from Principal Isaac. Slumbered students sprawled over each other in finding comfort on a bus that housed the choir from the winter storm raging outside. Their sleep was startled by intermittent pockets of ice that acted like rumble strips to make the students aware of the storm that has spoiled the start of their trip, forcing them to miss their first two concerts in Bloomington and Menomonie. 

Shoes squeaked in fast food restaurants where the students stopped for lunch. Hamburgers and french fries passed quickly from tray to mouth as students made fast work of their forty minute stop in keeping an eye on the clock to get into the bus and back on the road for their concert in Ottawa. 

Full stomachs ached from laughter as the entertainment committee executed their daily show under the direction of Dawn Synstelien. The group commemorated Titantic day with a special lesson from Jack Nordick. Jack went on to impersonate President Trump in a follow-up act before Danny Isaac gave an update on the weather by looking out the window to declare the obvious. Ashley Jarvi closed the show with a game using window markers to complete a scavenger hunt. 

Shortly after the daily show the students read the fateful passage from Habakkuk noted earlier. The group watched a video on the practice of meditating on Scripture before they watched a video explaining the significance of Habakkuk's grievance against the Lord on why bad things happen. Habakkuk closes his writing with the following: 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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior." The choir spent the rest of the trip to Ottawa in a quiet time, journaling and taking notes on their group devotional before taking naps and visiting in their nine hour trip to Ottawa, IL. 

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