2016
When Going Down Is The Way Up by Ken Miller Recently, I came across the book, Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It’s as full of great truth today, as it was on my first reading years ago. “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” (Hab. 3:19) First published in 1975, this classic allegory follows Much Afraid on her journey to the High Places. Beginning in her home town of Much Trembling nestled in the Valley of Humiliation, she is given, by the Chief Shepard, traveling companions, Sorrow and Suffering.  (I am thinking that I would have, perhaps chosen others for traveling companions?) Early in the book, the upward path they were on falls in a downward direction revealing a desert. Nothing but sand dunes were visible as far as they could see. “To the horror of Much Afraid, her two guides prepared to take the steep path downward.” “We mustn’t go down there,” said Much Afraid. ‘The Shepard has called me to the high places. We must find some path that goes up. But certainly not down there.’ But they made signs to her that they were to go down there.” Confused and heartbroken, Much Afraid calls for the Shepard, “I can’t understand this. The guides you gave me say that we must go down there into that desert, turning away from the high places all together. You don’t mean that, do You? Tell them we’re not to go there. Make a way for us as You promised.” He looked ar her and answered very gently, “That is the path, Much Afraid, and you are to go down there.” `“You said if I would trust You- You would bring me to the high places-and that path leads away from them. It contradicts all that You have promised.” Ever felt like Much Afraid? So often things don’t make sense in our walk with the Shepard. Our trust is tested. Listen to His response to her assertion. “No,” said the Shepard, “It is not contradiction, only postponement for the best to become possible.” Only holding onto His hand, do we find that the way down, is often the way up. Amen!