Thursday, March 5, 2009

Becoming Grace and Glory

One of my favorite books is "Hind's Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. It is an allegorical tale of Much-Afraid, the little cripple who is afraid of everything but overcomes her fears and follows the Shepherd to the mountains where she is transformed to Grace and Glory. I think I like the story so much because I can relate to Much-Afraid - always hesitant, second guessing myself and God, fearful of that which I am not in control of - but ever hopeful that as I step out on faith that the Lord who started a good work in me will complete it. Someday I will be like Grace and Glory as I learn to trust that God knows best and will never lead me in harm's way even though it may look pretty scary at the time. It leads me back to that faith issue of believing that God is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do.

At one point in her journey with the Shepherd, Much-Afraid is given the choice of having Sorrow and Suffering as her travelling companions or return to the valley to her Fearing relatives. It is one of my favorite passages from the book:

"Much-Afraid shuddered. The choice seemed terrible. Fear she knew all too well, but Sorrow and Suffering had always seemed to her the two most terrifying things which she could encounter....Then she looked at the Shepherd and suddenly knew she could not doubt him, could not possibly turn back from following him; that if she were unfit and unable to love anyone else in the world, yet in her trembling, miserable little heart, she did love him. Even if he asked the impossible, she could not refuse. She looked at him piteously, then said, 'Do I wish to turn back? O Shepherd, to whom should I go? In all the world I have no one but you. Help me to follow you, even though it seems impossible. Help me to trust you as much as I long to love you.'"

That's my prayer..."Lord, help me to follow you even though it seems impossible. Help me to trust you as much as I long to love you."


  1. You are not alone Cindy, I think there are many of us that can relate to Much-Afraid. Once again your honesty is so appreciated. Thank you for always writing what I need to hear.

    Your friends picture is beautiful!

  2. The picture is beautiful! I think many of us are fearful; for me, I am more fearful for my son, than for myself. I have made a decision to pray for a miracle for him but to trust God's will, even if I don't understand it. Donna

  3. I can relate to the fear, Cindy. I think I need to pull out this book and reread a few chapters. Thanks for the timely reminder.

  4. Thanks for sharing. Stepping out in faith and trusting God can be a hard thing at times...I'm there myself right now with a situation. I know HE loves me and wants the best for me and my family...but I feel out of control when I let go...hmm, control.

    Ok...saw your I AM post...just heard the song I am by Mark Schultz it!

  5. Thanks for your recent visit and comment over at my site! I think we have some things in common--a love for solitude and dark chocolate for example!

    I too relate to Much Afraid; I too long to trust Him as much as I long to love Him! Thanks for sharing this and the beautiful pic...

  6. Love that picture! Love the words of the book and your penned heart alongside. You're not alone in your fear. I carry some of my own on a regular basis. Thankfully, we do have an extraordinary God who is capable and more than willing to gently and tenderly lead us through all of our "stuff" to bring us to a deep place of trust.

    Thanks for sharing your heart. Thanks, also, for checking in. God's peace and joy be yours this weekend~elaine

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  8. I read Hind's Feet In High Places a couple years ago! It's so amazing to me how the simplest of stories can touch so deep. I, too, saw myself in Much afraid. So many times in reading that story, I was brought to tears.

    Thank you for reminding me of this sweet book, Cindy!

  9. Thank you for the visit!

    Midlife...makes me here right at home!

    In His Grace,