Journey To The High Places: Encounter With Pride (Week 5)
Realizing that the journey that lay ahead of her was steeper than she could have imagined, Much-Afraid is forced to accept the help of her two companions, Sorrow and Suffering. Even though she felt pain as she gripped their hands, she found they had amazing strength and were able to pull and even lift her upward and over places that would have been impossible for her to reach otherwise.
Down in the Valley of Humiliation, Craven Fear and her relatives were plotting on how to get Much-Afraid to return to them. They could not stand the thought of her living in the High Places, possibly in service to the King Himself. They agreed that Pride would be the one to go and bring Much-Afraid back, for he was not only handsome but very strong and powerful.
When Pride finds Much-Afraid, he grabs ahold of her hand (Much-Afraid had let go of the hands of her companions, Sorrow and Suffering) and tries to persuade her to return with him to the Valley. He told her that the Shepherd did not really care for her, and that He would abandon her in her moment of greatest need when the journey got hard.
Much-Afraid entertained in her own mind what Pride had spoken to her. She realized that once Pride is listened to, it was a struggle to turn away. But Much-Afraid remembered her purpose — to seek after the Kingdom of Love, and she remembered that the Shepherd had said He would bring her all the way, and that she would not be put to shame.
It was then that Much-Afraid cried out to the Shepherd for help,
“Come to me, Shepherd! Come quickly! Make no tarrying, O my Lord.”
And at once the Shepherd was standing before Pride. His strength and power caused Pride to stumble back down the mountain, stumbling on the stones as he went.
The Shepherd reminded Much-Afraid that had she been holding the hands of her two companions, that Pride would not have had a hold on her. When Much-Afriad once again took hold of the hands of her companions, she realized they had never been so full of pain, so filled with sorrow. The sorrow she felt now was unbearable and the anguish in her heart caused bitterness to grow. As she proceeded along her journey, Much-Afraid limped more painfully than before leaving the Valley. Pride had trodden on her feet at the moment she called for help and left them more sore than ever.