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Journey To The High Places: In The Valley Of Loss (Week 13)

HindsFeet_Chapter 13

After the midst had cleared, Much-Afraid and her companions were surprised to find that the path they were on led them straight down into a deep valley. The ascent up was as steep and even higher than the Precipice of Injury, and to go down and ascend again would take an immense amount of strength and effort, and also a lot of time.

As Much-Afraid looked down into the depths of the valley her heart went numb, and she began to wonder if her relatives had been right all along. After all, if she did go down to the deep valley, she would lose everything she had gained so far on her journey to the high places. And for one awful moment, Much-Afraid considered the possibility of turning and not following the Shepherd any longer. This was not the way she wanted to go. If she turned, she could make her own choice and her sorrow and suffering could be ended at once. In that awful moment, it seemed as if Much-Afriad was looking down into an abyss of horror, into an existence where there was no Shepherd, nothing but her horrible self.

At this point in the chapter, I had to stop and ask myself, could there ever be anything that the Shepherd would require of me that would cause me to turn away from Him. Much-Afraid loved Him deeply, yet she allowed her mind to go to the possibility of turning away from Him. She loved Him, yet she did not fully trust Him. It was her lack of trust that would cause her to entertain leaving Him altogether.

After that awful moment, she cried out for the Shepherd with everything she had in her. When He appeared, she clung to Him, trembling from head to foot,

You may do anything, Shepherd. You may ask anything–only don’t let me turn back. O my Lord, don’t let me leave You.

The Shepherd lifted her up and dried her tears and said in His strong voice,

There is no question of your turning back, Much-Afraid. No one, not even your own shrinking heart, can pluck you out of My hand. Don’t you remember what I told you before? ‘This delay is not unto death but for the glory of God.’…Will you go down this path of forgiveness in the  Valley of Loss, just because it is the way that I have chosen for you? Will you still trust and still love Me?

The descent into the Valley was surprisingly easy, considering how steep it was. Much-Afraid was surprised to see how beautiful the Valley was. It was peaceful, very green with flowers covering the fields and the banks of the river flowing quietly through it. It was strange to her that she felt so full of peace and rest there, and more content than anywhere else on her journey. It was true that Much-Afraid look at the mountains on the other side of the valley and wondered how they would ever manage to ascend them, but she found herself  content to wait restfully and to wander in the valley as long as the Shepherd chose.  

“Turn to your Lord today with a patience that waits for His sure deliverance.  Set your mind to embrace whatever today brings as a gift from Him. Decide not to resist, resent, or rebel no matter what comes your way.  As you rest with Him in the “fields” of refreshment He provides, thank Him for the contentment His Lordship produces.” – Hinds Feet on High Places

mountains meadowThis is Week 13 of a devotional study of Hinds Feet on High Places.  I have received the author’s permission to quote larger portions of text for purposes of this study.  All of the posts in this study can be found here.

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    Ashley
    October 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Barbie, I love your dedication to the Lord. It’s so amazing to watch. This was beautiful.

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      Barbie
      October 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thank you for reading Ashley!

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    Mary Dolan Flaherty
    October 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Barbie, I just love that allegory. Wonderful post.
    Mary Dolan Flaherty recently posted..Overcoming Negativity: Day 12: Get Tough

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      Barbie
      October 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for stopping by Mary!

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    June
    October 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I think this may be my favorite chapter so far! It contains one of my all-time favorite quotes, “Love is beautiful, but it is also terrible – – ” and I love when it talks about being shaped so that nothing but the Shepherd Himself can fill our hearts. And even more, that we come to have a passionate desire, not for the things that God promises, but for God Himself! So glad to be reading this with you, Barbie!
    June recently posted..Inspired by . . . Day 14: JOY in Creation

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      Barbie
      October 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      This entire book is loaded with so many take aways. I feel I may have to read it again, at a calmer time in my life. So thankful you are taking this journey with me June!

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    Lisa Brittain
    October 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I absolutely love Hinds Feet on High Places! How many times have I read and lived out in my heart and mind the journey with Good Shepherd? Thank you for the beautiful reminders today!

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      Barbie
      October 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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    Adoption Mama
    October 16, 2014 at 5:03 am

    OH, how I love this story. Thank you for walking us through it. It is one of those books that every woman, no matter where they are walking, can be ministered to. Thanks again, friend.
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    Mary Geisen
    October 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I had never heard of this book until you introduced it this summer. My awareness of all God does for us is much deeper as a result of being part of this study. I really like the quote above that says do not resist, resent or rebel no matter what comes your way. Words I will need to read over and over again. Much love to you!
    Mary Geisen recently posted..Oprah’s Courage or God’s?…{when I grow up}

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