Hinds Feet on High Places
Created: Sep 02, 2018
A classic allegory of the Christian life, is based on Habakkuk 3:19. The story follows the character Much-Afraid as she goes on a journey with the Shepherd. But Much-Afraid is scared so she asks the Shepherd to carry her.
The Shepherd kindly replies, “I could carry you all the way up to the High Places myself, instead of leaving you to climb there. But if I did, you would never be able to develop hinds’ feet, and become my companion and go where I go.”
Much-Afraid echoes the questions of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk (and if I’m honest, my questions too): “Why must I experience suffering?” “Why is my journey difficult?”
Habakkuk lived in Judah in the late seventh century bc before the Israelites were taken into exile. The prophet found himself in a society that overlooked social injustice and was immobilized by the fear of imminent invasion by the Babylonians (Habakkuk 1:2-11). He asked the Lord to intervene and remove suffering (1:13). God replied that He would act justly but in His timing (2:3).
In faith, Habakkuk chose to trust the Lord. Even if the suffering did not end, the prophet believed that God would continue to be his strength.
When I first came to know Christ as Lord and Savior, I suffered an injury that put me in the hospital for a long time.
Because of the extent of my injury's the Dr. told me I would probably never walk again. After, much rehab I did learn to walk again.
But because of those injuries, I still have a lot of pain, when storms come. And much like Much-afraid I have asked, "Why, must my journey be so difficult?" But through it I have learned to lean on Christ when I want to quit and not get up.