Journey To The High Places: Return To The Valley (Week 20)
After several days of exploring the most beautiful valley among the peaks of the High Places, Grace and Glory and her two attendants found themselves on the very edge of the High Places where they could look right down into the Low Places far below. Grace and Glory gasped as she realized they were peering right into the Valley of Humiliation.
She sat down on a grassy slope and reflected upon her Fearing relatives who still lived there. As she thought about them and their wretched existence, a pang of compassion and pain shot through her heart. Tears welled up in her eyes and her heart throbbed with pain, two sensations that she had not felt up on the High Places.
Grace and Glory realized that her feelings towards her relatives in the Valley had undergone a complete change, as she saw them in a new light. She realized they were miserable due to their different besetting sins and ugly natures, just as she once had been. She realized that instead of feeling compassionate and a passionate desire that they would be delivered and transformed from pride, resentment and bitterness, she only detested them.
Her companions assured her that if they would but yield to the Shepherd and follow Him, He could change them, just as He had changed Much-Afraid into Grace and Glory, Sorrow into Joy and Suffering into Peace. Grace and Glory was unsure that they would turn and follow Him, for she knew they despised the Shepherd and would not go near Him. Peace reminded her that it is most often when one is brought into sorrow and suffering, or loss or grief, they sometimes become ready to know the Shepherd and to seek His help. Grace and Glory desired a way to go to them and help them.
Just then the King replied to her request to help her relatives:
“But, Grace and Glory, these unhappy souls we are speaking about will not allow Me into their homes, nor even permit Me to speak to them. I need a voice to speak for Me, to persuade them to let Me help them.”
So Grace and Glory agreed to go down into the Valley with her companions and speak to her relatives and share all that the King had done for her, and was willing to do for them. She replied to the King,
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She finally realized that all of the work that had been done by being brought into the Kingdom of Love and up to the High Places, was done so that they could pour their lives in gladdest abandonment, leaping down with Him to the sorrowful, desolate places below, to share with others the life which they had received.
As the King began leaping and springing down the mountain, Grace and Glory followed, with Joy and Peace beside her. They mingled their voices with the waters, singing their own individual song:
Make haste, Beloved, be thou like a hart
On mountains spicy sweet;
And I, on those High Places where tho art,
Will follow on hinds’ feet;
As close behind the hart, there leaps the roe,
So where thou goest, I will surely go.
This, the last verse of the Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. But for Grace and Glory it was the beginning of a new song altogether.