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Much Afraid and Her Companions!

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.”

- Habakkuk 3:19

I am reading a book that the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance entitled "Hinds Feet on High Places". You may remember it to, it is a story, an allegory actually, of the journey Much Afraid takes from the valley of humiliation where she lives with the fear families to the mountain top with the Chief Shepherd. There her name is changed to Grace and Glory. She learns through life's lessons all about the Fathers Will and the sacrifices that were made every step of the way. She is granted powerful hinds feet after making  the difficult journey and even her companions Sorrow and Suffering have their names changed to Joy and Peace. It is a wonderful account of our walk with the Lord. As I am experiencing this valley of loss, I to am learning there is nothing more important than being faithful to the Lord. What ever we go through, the key word is "through". I have to admit this fear as Much Afraid had, that it doesn't appear any good can come from this, but even more terrifying is the fact of being without the Good Shepherd's love and guidance. Surrender is of course the place where we cannot change the situation and we must trust God. So hard to do, as humans we want to always try and figure out and of course question God as to "why" and  "where are you, God" As Much Afraid sings words of worship, the mist lifts around her where she can see the Shepherd standing there with her. I know He is with me even when the pain grips my very heart and soul. I am confident in this time of my life, God will not leave me or forsake me. Many things are apparent in this story, but the one that stands out to me is the fact, when we call, He will answer. If you are going through the valley of loss, my prayer for you is for your name  to be changed to Grace and Glory. The journey is long and hard, but so worth the trip. We can't quit! the pain and the heartbreak will heal. These are not my words but the Words of God. I am sure as you read this you realize my precious husband entered into the presence of God on January 15. He always preached about heaven and would get so excited because he knew one day he would be there. This is the hope we all have if we have been forgiven for our sins and to be in heaven with our Lord and Savior! Joy does come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). I am praying for you as  you read this that God will comfort you, and I ask for your prayers also. There are many more tears and times of sorrow, but in my weakness and because of His strength, I will and so will you make it to the mountain top. No more crippled feet that keeps us lame, but powerful Hinds feet. If you also have a chance to read this little book, please do so, you will be inspired. Although Hannah Hurnard changed later in her life from her faith in God to some very new age and even occultic practices, this amazing little book has ministered to thousands of people. Have a wonderful week ahead and  walk in faith sweet friends!

  Please check out Spiritual Sundays, you will be inspired!  http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/2012/02/welcome-back-again.html


Esther Joy said...

A friend loaned me that little book, and I have not read it yet... not sure I even know where it is, but you make me want to look for it.

P.S. Glad to see you in the blogging world again. I'm sure you miss your husband soooo much. Thinking of you and praying for you.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a very interesting book, am looking forward to reading it. I am happy that it touched your heart. You have always been strong in your faith and I admire your strength and faith now during your grieving period. Forever your friend, Sherry

Charlotte said...

I remember a lady in our church about 25 years ago mentioning this book in class. I remember it I guess because of the unusual name. I never have read it, but it sounds like a wonderful book. I'm so glad it has helped you along with so many others. Thank you for sharing this.