Upon having conquered the precipice, Much-Afraid and her companions sat down with the Shepherd as He explained the way that they should go now. They would go by way of forest, where it would be steep, but where resting places would be provided along the way. The way of Forests of Danger and Tribulation would often seem dark and storms would be frequent, but the Shepherd admonished that they were to keep pressing forward, because nothing could do them any real harm while they were following the path of His will.
Even though the Shepherd had brought her through up to this point, she could not help but shudder when she thought of the path that lay ahead. She did not understand why He had chosen this way, and soon doubted that she would ever arrive at the High Places, let alone receive her hinds’ feet, as promised.
The Shepherd, with much authority, spoke,
I don’t know about you, but I have had moments of doubt along my journey. But God, in His kindness, is always quick to remind me that He does not lie, and will always make good on His Word and His promises.
The Shepherd reassured her,
Reassured and ready for the journey, Much-Afraid and her companions started on the path which led up through the forests. No sooner had they reached the trees then they heard the voices of their enemies taunting them. Much-Afraid noticed she limped more painfully whenever she heard what they said.
This is true for me. The more I entertain the lies of the enemy, my handicaps, those things in my life that cause me pain, become all the more prevalent.
Knowing that if she listened she limped, and that plugging her ears with her fingers was not option, for she would have to let go of the hands of her companions, Much-Afraid thankfully accepted the cotton which Suffering supplied for her ears. This would be a welcomed, yet temporary fix, which would aid her just long enough to get though the forest.
As the black clouds rolled in and the forest became dark, Much-Afraid realized she was not much afraid at all. She neither felt panic nor desire to run. Throughout the whole storm, she was filled with a strange and wonderful peace such as she had never felt before, and walked between her two companions saying,