This is the much waited chapter, where Much Afraid receives hinds feet.
I believe that the Shepherd sent the hart and the hind to cause Much-Afraid to follow them up the mountain. She had, after all, been lured awake by a voice, one that she believed to be the Shepherd, although she could not see him. As the hart sprang up the mountainside, the hind followed closely behind. And soon after, Much-Afraid found herself following after them, using the same footholds and following the same pattern of springing and leaping as was modeled by the hart and hind.
It seemed to only take a moment and Much-Afraid found herself at the top of the canyon. And there He was, as she knew He would be. He called out to her, “You–with hinds’ feet–jump over here.” With one last flying leap she caught His hands and landed beside Him on the highest peak of the mountain.
He wore a crown and a royal robe, and His face shone forth the glory of joy which was beyond anything she could have imagined.
“At last you are here and the ‘night of weeping is over and joy comes to you in the morning.’ This is the time when you are to receive the fulfillment of the promises. Never am I to call you Much-Afraid again. From henceforth you are Grace and Glory.” – Hinds Feet on High Places
Much-Afraid soon became aware that she indeed had a flower of love blooming in her heart. It was put there by the Shepherd in the Valley of Humiliation, on the day she promised to go with Him. It was the flower from the thorn-shaped seed. The Shepherd told her that it was he who had removed the flower of human love from her heart. He was the priest that day. She glanced down to see His scarred hands, which had sown the thorn-shape seed in her heart, and the hands with the grasp of steel which had torn out the love which had been the cause of all of her pain.
The Shepherd then proceeded to give her the promise,
“Behold, I have set My love upon thee and thou are Mine…yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3).
Much-Afraid then gave Him the bag of stones of remembrance that she had been collecting on her journey. Upon doing so, the Shepherd asked her to hold out her hands. He poured the bag of stones into her open palms, but what she saw made her squeal with delight! For what was once ordinary, ugly stones gathered at altars along the way, had become glorious, sparking jewels, each precious and beautiful.
And then He crowned her with a crown made of gold and the precious stones which she had held.
“Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; so shall the King greatly desire thy beauty: for He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him…The King’s daughter is all glorious within. She shall be brought unto the King in clothing of wrought gold, in raiment of needlework. The virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King’s palace.” (Ps. 45:10-15)
She was brought two companions, Joy and Peace, formerly Sorrow and Suffering. Their faces were filled with beauty and love shone forth from their eyes. They and been transformed so that they could ascend to the High Places. Much-Afraid learned that from the moment she placed her hands in theirs to begin her journey, their transformation had begun. Were it not for her steadfastness in continuing the journey, they would not have come so far.
With a new name, united with her King and crowned with glory, Grace and Glory came to the High Places, accompanied by her companions, and was led into the Kingdom of Love.