And now for the real blog post - from my reading yesterday. I picked Hind's Feet On High Places again and wanted to share this section from the introduction that I found really good,
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. "
"How deeply we who love the Lord and desire to follow Him long for the power to surmount all difficulties and tests and conflicts in life in the same exultant and triumphant way.....We feel we would give anything if only we could, in actual experience, live on the High Places of love and victory here on this earth and during this life - able to always react to evil, tribulation, sorrow, pain, and every wrong thing in such a way that they would be overcome and transformed into something to the praise and glory of God forever.
As Christians we know, in theory at least, that in the the life of a child of God there are no second causes, that even the most unjust and cruel things, as well as all seemingly pointless and undeserved sufferings, have been permitted by God as a glorious opportunity for us to react to them in such a way that our Lord and Savior is able to produce in us, little by little His own lovely character.
The Song Of Solomon expresses the desire implanted in every Christian's heart, to be with God Himself, and to know perfect and unbroken union with Him. He has made us for Himself, and our hearts can never know rest or perfect satisfaction until they find it in Him.
It is God's will that some of His children should learn this deep union with Himself through the perfect flowering of natural human love in marriage. For others it is equally His will that the same perfect union should be leaned through the experience of learning to lay down completely this natural and instinctive desire for marriage and parenthood, and accept the circumstances of life which deny them this experience. This instinct for love, so firmly implanted in the human heart, is the supreme way by which we learn to desire and love God Himself above all else.
But the High places of union and victory with Christ can not be reached by any mental reckoning of self to be dead to sin, or by seeking to devise some way or discipline by which the will can be crucified. The only way is by learning to accept, day by day, the actual conditions and tests permitted by God, by a continually repeated laying down of our own will and acceptance of His as it is presented to us in the form of the people with whom we have to live and work, and in the things which happen to us. Every acceptance of His will becomes an altar of sacrifice, and every such surrender and abandonment of ourselves to His will is a means of furthering us on the way to the High Places.
The lessons of accepting and triumphing over evil, of becoming acquainted with grief, and pain, and, ultimately, of finding them transformed into something incomparably precious, of learning through constant surrender to know the Lord Himself in a new way - these are the lessons of the allegory of this book. The High Places and hinds feet do not refer to heavenly places after death, but are meant to be the experiences of God's children here and now, following the paths that He chooses for them.
Perhaps the Lord will use it to speak comfort to some of His loved ones who are finding themselves forced to keep company with Sorrow and Suffering, or who walk in darkness and have no light, or feel themselves tossed with tempest and not comforted. It may help them to understand a new meaning in what is happening, for the experiences through which they are passing are all part of the wonderful process by which the Lord is making real in their lives the same experience which made David and Habakkuk cry out, "The Lord maketh my feet like hind's feet and setteth me on my high places." (Psalm 18;33, Habakkuk 3:19)
~ Hannah Hurnard