Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls -- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.
I'd never noticed before that the deer's feet were for walking on my high hills. One needs nimble feet for difficult terrain, so that's what I assume the high hills refers to. But they aren't some random or generic high hills, they're particularly mine -- part of the landscape of my life that is hand-crafted for me by my Creator. And there's no maybe regarding whether I'll be able to traverse them. He will make my feet nimble and He will cause me to reach the hills' summits.
And I think "I will rejoice" is as much claiming a promise as it is making a resolution. No one could make such a bold statement of confident faith without assurance of being empowered by God's grace to be joyful in adversity.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 3:10 PM
On April 25, 2008 4:46 PMMargaret in VAwrote... Hinds Feet on High Places is one of my favorite books. I read it during a very difficult time of my life and the idea that in order to get to my high places I had to grasp the hands of "sorrow" and "suffering" just blew me away!
On April 25, 2008 11:18 PMnonnobis1wrote... This was one of the first extended Scripture passages I ever learned after becoming a believer. I remember listening to the "Scripture in Song" recordings out of New Zealand (this was in Samoa where I lived at the time), so my memories of the Habakkuk passage are flavored with a Kiwi accent:-)....