Unbudding Fig Music is the company which houses my music and copyrights. Its name is derived from Habakkuk 3:17-18:
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.
Early on in my marriage, my wife was diagnosed with ocular melanoma–a rare cancer of the eye. Two years later, my son was diagnosed with autism just after his second birthday. Thankfully, as we fast-forward to the present, my wife continues to be in remission, and my son has shown amazing growth and progress. However, this journey of suffering left an indelible mark on my understanding of what it means to worship God through pain and suffering. Habakkuk became a source of comfort and strength and remains one of my favorite books of the Bible. In short, an “unbudding fig” embodies the statement, “I will worship You, no matter what.” With every song I write, and with every transaction through this fledgling “business,” it’s a reminder to me and to those I work with of God’s faithfulness in my life’s journey so far.
Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked will I depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised. (Job 1:21)
Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him. (Job 13:15)
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5, 11)
My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 131)