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Journey To The High Places: Flight In The Night (Week 3)

Flight In The Night

This week’s reading finds Much-Afriad waking up to find herself ridden with pain, such as she had never known before.  The Shepherd had come for her in the previous chapter, to lead her to the High Places, but fear had held her back.  Now she feels the pain of the thorn of love upon her heart, of which the Shepherd spoke about in Chapter 1.

She is overcome with sadness at the thought that the Shepherd has left her behind, yet she is filled with longing and decides to go in search of the Shepherd, that perhaps she will find Him and that it’s not too late to go with Him.

During my reading of this entire Chapter, I had Song of Solomon 3, vs. 1-3 going through my mind,

“All night long on my bed
I looked for the one my heart loves;
I looked for him but did not find him.
2I will get up now and go about the city,
through its streets and squares;
I will search for the one my heart loves.
So I looked for him but did not find him.
3The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.
“Have you seen the one my heart loves?”

Have you seen the one my heart loves?

What struck me most in this chapter was the thorn of pain she felt in her heart when she thought the Shepherd had left her.  There have been times in my own life where God has withdrawn His presence from me, for a season.  But it was in those times that I sought Him even more.  I cannot live without His presence.  I must have Him, consuming me, every day of my life.

The Shepherd waited for her, because He knew she would come.  Isn’t that so true?  God waits for us to come to Him.  He may lift His presence from us from time to time, but for the sole purpose that we might seek Him while He may be found.

Has there ever been a time in your life where you did not follow God to where He was calling you? What did you learn through that season?

*Photo credit

mountains meadowThis is Week 3 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.

7 thoughts on “Journey To The High Places: Flight In The Night (Week 3)”

  1. June says:

    What I loved is that He was there, waiting. He’s always there. Sometimes beside us. Sometimes carrying us. Sometimes waiting for us to find Him. Not hidden, no. Just waiting. There at the trysting place. The foot of the cross. He is forever there.

    I hope you’re feeling better, my friend. Have a blessed week!
    June recently posted..Inspired by . . . the cloud gazer

    1. Barbie says:

      I am feeling better. Thank you so much for your prayers!

  2. Mary Geisen says:

    Even when we don’t feel God’s presence, He is always there- in the dark, in daylight, in joy, in sadness and at all times. Much-Afraid learns a lesson that we many times forget-trust in God or the Shepherd always. I pray we all remember this lesson today and everyday. Blessings my friend!
    Mary Geisen recently posted..The Perfect No

    1. Barbie says:

      We can’t escape His presence, and for that I am so grateful!

  3. Cynthia says:

    You know, I always feel the nearness of the Lord, even in my darkest hours… I think I am beginning to accept the hurts and taunts of life, while resting in the Palm of His Hand. In His Palm…that’s where I shed my tears, heal my soul and place my heart…Love to you and yours~
    Cynthia recently posted..Scars and Blessings~

    1. Barbie says:

      “Resting in the Palm of His Hand”, that’s a good place to be! Hugs!

  4. Keri T. says:

    Before my husband was my husband he asked me to read this book. I didn’t care much for he first two chapters, but the third hooked me! How often have I felt that tugging, and was afraid. I didn’t like hearing that was my name… But in this chapter ins how that could change 🙂 I had to see if she would actually find what she was looking for!

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