Have you ever found yourself on a path that led upwards and then seemingly ended? Do you feel like you have been left at a dead end or on a trail impossible to follow? Well, that is how Much-Afraid, a character from Hinds Feet in High Places felt when being led by her guides.
“The path they were following led them right up to the foot of an impossible precipice and there stopped dead. Much-Afraid stood still and stared.”
So what now? Can you relate? Do you feel like you have been led down (or up) a path you believe is impossible to traverse?
Much-Afraid cries out saying, “That path is utterly impossible. I can’t do it; I can’t. I shall never get to the High Places.”
Her Good Shepherd appears and inquires about her anxiety and fear. “It is the way You have chosen for me to go,” she whispered. He then replied, ” I love doing preposterous things. Why, I don’t know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection.”
He then adds, “Much-Afraid, I must tell you that this precipice to which the path has led you is at the foot of Mount Injury.” He explains to her that there is no other way to the High Places and into the Kingdom of Love.
“There is Mount Hate and Mount Persecution but this is the path I have chosen for you. On your journey you have been learning the lesson of acceptance-with-joy.”
So maybe Dear Reader you are angry right now. Who wants to accept a trial with joy? I challenge you to set aside your anger and meditate on this: God designed your path so that you would be all that you are meant to become. You are gaining wisdom, strength, and faith that only this trial could teach you. Can you accept this seemingly impossible path before you and trust God to get you to the High Places in the Kingdom of Love?
ISAIAH 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.