“The Lord God is my strength, and he will
make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine
Trouble comes to all of us, and people who read my blog aren’t doing
it because things are wonderful in their lives. I know the
Scriptures tell me to “cast all my cares on [Christ]…” (I
Pet 5:7), and one of my favorite verses is
Psalm 61:2, which tells me I can cry out to God, and He will
“lead me to a rock that is higher than I.” I know those things…at
least I knew them yesterday.
It isn’t easy to apply those truths when we’re climbing another
mountain, is it? And many of us, myself included, are doing exactly
that with no guarantees as to the outcome. Those mountains can be
terrifying and, no matter how God proved I could trust Him
yesterday, I often find myself overwhelmed with fear today.
It might be a diagnosis of cancer, a spouse who abandoned us, or a
prodigal who has broken our hearts. Or it could be something else
entirely. What all the crises have in common is how overwhelming
they can be. Some things are so devastating other people won’t
understand how all consuming our struggle can be. And how could they
unless they have climbed the same mountain?
Like me, you might sometimes ask yourself if even God really knows
and understands your struggles. Meditating on that and wrestling
with things I should have already let go of took me to
Habakkuk 3:19. And I saw it as never before.
I knew that verse promises to “make my feet like hinds’ feet…able to
walk on high places.” However, I saw for the first time today that
the “high places” God will enable me to walk on are my high places.
It isn’t just some random high place where God will make our feet
sure and steady. It’s those high places unique to you…unique to me.
Your mountain of cancer, your mountain of divorce, your mountain of
loving a prodigal, your mountain of a broken heart…yes, that’s the
one. God already knew about it. He never put His almighty hand on
His face and said, “Wow! I never saw THAT coming!” God knew about
your high place; He knew about mine. And those are the very
mountains He will make us able to walk.
A mountain is just a mountain, of course, and all mountains belong
to God. So the mountain isn’t the problem. It’s our trying to climb
our personal mountain in our own strength that has us stumbling and
tripping, hurting ourselves and others and cheating ourselves of the
Edmund Hillary, one of the first climbers to reach the summit of
Mount Everest said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but
ourselves.” And he’s right. We aren’t going to conquer our mountains
if we try to do it in our own strength.
Regardless of the mountain you’re climbing today, the God of the
mountain can make you walk with “hinds’ feet.” However, the strength
He gives us has a 24-hour expiration date. In Letters to
Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis said it well:
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing
had yet been done.” Because of that basic truth, I’m glad “His
mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations
However high the mountain, however hard the path, God’s got this.
Really, He does. And reminding myself God is totally aware of the
mountain prepared for me and is able to make me walk on my
high places might give me the courage to do it…just for today.
Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today,
stopped struggling, relying on our own strength, and started relying
on the God of our mountain?