Thoughts from Argentina – Jenny’s Blog

I am so blessed to have spent Christmas and New Year traveling in Argentina with my beautiful family. One of my favorite days was a long hike to a viewpoint overlooking the beautiful lakes and mountains of Patagonia. The view from the top was stunning but the path was often very steep and and challenging. My mind was drawn back to a verse that Gerard quoted often in the days after Rebecca’s death: Habakuk <span data-term=”goog_1716123699″>3:19</span>

<em>  The Sovereign Lord is my strength;</em> <em>    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,</em> <em>    he enables me to tread on the heights.</em>

These verses reminded me of that most precious and wonderful book by Hannah Hurnard, “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” and I gave this book to Jeannie.  She and I both read it independently in the months after Rebecca’s death and have been incredibly blessed as the Lord spoke His truth into our lives through the connections we made with this story (more to follow in future blogs!)

My most recent revelation came from my Patagonian hike as I remembered how the main character of the story, Much-Afraid,  has told the Good Shepherd (Jesus) that she wants to overcome her fear and walk with Him to the high places but she is horrified and terrified by the steepness of the slope up which He is leading her. His response to her protestations is remarkable and so profound:

<em>“I know you better than you know yourself, Much-Afraid. You want it very much indeed, and I promised you these hinds’ feet. Indeed I have brought you on purpose to this back side of the desert, where the mountains are particularly steep and where there are no paths but the tracks of the deer and of the mountain goats for you to follow, that the promise may be fulfilled.” (Italics mine)</em>

As we start a new year, I am so aware that our Heavenly Father may take us on a path that could feel too steep or hazardous to manage.  We really only have one choice which is to trust Him and to know that His purpose through our struggles and suffering is to prove that His word is true.  He is our strength and  through His grace, we are able to overcome our fears and stand on the heights!

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

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