Learning Again from Hinds’ Feet on High Places
Allegories are a mix for me. Some I love, others seem so trite and contrived.
One of the long-lasting allegories that many—mostly women—read is Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. Based largely on a spiritual interpretation of Song of Solomon, it is the story of little Much-Afraid and her journey to join the Great Shepherd in the High Places of the Kingdom of Love.
I read it in high school, when I was a new believer. It helped me to fall in love with Jesus. In college I read it at a time of turmoil regarding my future, and Much-Afraid led me to a greater surrender than I had experienced before.
As my single adult years continued longer than I desired, God once again used this allegory, enabling me to trust that God knew what He was doing in my life.
The past few months have been emotionally stressful for our family. Lots of pain, ending in great loss. Then suddenly a turn, filled with hope and restoration, but also with some painful realities.
My entire life with God has been a journey of learning that God’s way is better than mine. The twists and turns of these days have challenged my peaceful surrender to that better way.
So reading Hind’s Feet has been just what I needed.
Each step of the way Much-Afraid learned a new truth. Here are a few that spoke to me:
Acceptance with Joy—joyfully accepting whatever He sends my way.
Bearing with Love—living out love no matter what happens.
“What I do thou knowest not.”—I have no idea what work God is doing behind the scene.“
Am I not the Potter?”-- Yes, He is, and He knows how to do truly beautiful work.
“Now shalt thou see what I will do.” --In God’s time, He will reveal what He is doing in me.’
“God is not a man that He should lie.”—I can trust what He has said. Even in pain and disappointment.
Sorrow and Suffering are needful companions to change me and to bring good from evil.
So once again I bow my head and my heart before Him, and I open my hands to Him, and I say, “I trust You. I know You love me. You are committed to transforming me into the likeness of Jesus—a very challenging task. Even as Your work in me is uncomfortable, You comfort me. You have a perfect plan. So I give you my way. Take it. Replace it with Your way for me. Thank You, Lord, that You never give up on me. You will accomplish Your plans for me.”
What about you? Are your hands open to Him?
C2102 Judy Douglass