This week brings us to Much-Afraid excitedly anticipating her departure to the High Places with the Shepherd. However, things do not go according to plan.
There are a few things that stood out to me in this chapter, that I’ve been pondering all week.
This so often parallels my own life. I continue to put too much focus on my own blemishes and shortcomings. Yet, I choose to believe that God loves me and there is beauty yet to be uncovered. I have been marked by His love. Therefore, I will sing songs of joy!
The second thing that stood out to me this week was that, not matter how much she longs to go with the Shepherd, Much-Afriad is still being held back by fear.
When she had the opportunity to respond, she withheld, out of fear. Perhaps she allowed the fear of the unknown to keep her in her familiar surroundings, even though they were not the best of circumstances. Perhaps it was the fear of failure, that she would somehow disappoint the Shepherd along the way (this is a big one for me). Or perhaps it was fear of what may become of her Fearing relatives should she leave. (People pleaser, that’s me!)
I’ve been reflecting on times in my own life where I’ve been paralyzed by fear. Where I could have moved towards God, but instead, stayed where I was, or even turned away from Him.
How often does the Shepherd pass before the window of our hearts and we choose not to respond out of fear?
I’ve been under the weather this week so I apologize for the short post. But I look forward to reading your thoughts on this chapter here in the comments, or in our Facebook group.