In the Company of Sorrow and Suffering

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He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3

It’s no surprise to many of you that Hinds Feet on High Places is one of my favorite books - mostly because I so relate to the main character, Much Afraid.

It is the personal growth that develops in Much Afraid, as she journeys with Sorrow and Suffering, that command my attention.  I so understand her trepidation when the Chief Shepherd introduces her to her companions.

"I can't go with them," she gasped.  "I can't!  I can't!!  O my Lord Shepherd, why do you do this to me?  How can I travel in their company?  It is more than I can bear.  You tell me that the mountain way itself is so steep and difficult that I cannot climb it alone.  Then why, oh why must you allow Sorrow and Suffering to be my companions?”

When I initially read Hinds Feet, my reaction was similar … why, indeed? Wasn’t there an easier way?

I’ve run from pain and sorrow and suffering, fearful of them, all of my life.

Now, I am understanding that Sorrow and Suffering are necessary (at least for me) companions as I travel up the precipices placed in front of me.

So many people have said to me, “2013 has been awful for you. 2014 has to be better.”

When it comes to spiritual growth, 2013 has been an amazing year.  It’s booted me into high gear as to how I want to finish my life.

I’ve learned lessons from my brother’s death this year:  Don’t keep family at arms length.

I’ve learned lessons from my husband’s death: Too many to recount here.  

I’m learning lessons from my mom’s death: Live your life today so you become the old woman who is pleasing to God in every way.

Sorrow and Suffering have been my companions this year.

Next year?  I only pray next year continues the growth that has begun this year.

The ‘how’ of it belongs in God’s hands.

Be blessed this holiday season, my beloved readers.

Have a Christ-filled Christmas, even if Sorrow and Suffering walk with you.

(I ran a Hinds Feet on High Places book study a few years ago.  I’m toying with the idea of having another go at it, either via a chatroom or discussion.  If you think you might be interested - let me know. I’ll be praying about it as well.)


Hinds Feet on High Places written by Hannah Hurnard


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