I love shoes! Any kind of shoes; flats, flip-flops, slippers, high heels. As I type this, I am wearing a t-shirt that says…in glitter, I might add.… “Shoe love is true love.” It’s true! I especially love high heels. The weirder, the better. And let me tell you, I have some pretty, funky high heels. I hope you can come over one day and I can share my collection with you. I ran across a cool verse in the Bible…Habakkuk 3:19. You can find Habakkuk at the very end of the Old Testament. I use the New King James version for my quiet time, and this is what the verse says… “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.” Did you catch that? All I hear is “high heels.” Even though I am a born and raised Jersey Girl, I say this verse to myself in my fake Southern accent, “He will make me walk on my “high heels.” I can’t help it. Every.single.time!
Since the quarantine, my Hubby has been “making me walk.” Ugh! He says its good for my mental health. What are you trying to say, Hubby? So, we have been taking walks…a lot! To be honest, I genuinely have been cherishing these walks with him. I live in a neighborhood with two hills. I live on top of one. We walk the entire neighborhood, and then we come to the “big hill.” The other day as I panted my way up this massive hill, I thought of this verse. (the hill isn’t gigantic, it’s just my perspective) Here is what I believe God was saying to me.
Walking this life, this pandemic, this quarantine is a journey. As believers, we have the privilege to walk it with Jesus. We have our ups and downs. Our highs and lows. Mountaintops and valleys. All the while walking with Jesus. He will never leave us or forsake us! We can be sure of that! As I walk my neighborhood with the hubs, I dread when we come to the bottom of that hill. I know it is going to take all the strength I have to ascend. I have often prayed while climbing, “Lord, help me”. It is not easy. I consider myself in shape, but I always pant, and I am out of breath when I reach the top. But…I do reach the top. I then whisper, “Thank you Lord”. I make it every time! I am proud of myself and I have a wee bit of confidence at the top that when I return tomorrow, I can do it again.
Let’s get back to the verse. I looked it up in the Amplified version. Check this out…
The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon high places (of trouble, suffering, or responsibility)!
Whoo hoo! Isn’t that awesome! You guys, does that not speak into everything we are experiencing right now? He is our strength. We can conquer anything. We can be brave. We can certainly climb upon any trouble, any suffering, any pandemic, or quarantine with God as our Invincible Army! We can be in good “spiritual” shape and still pant on our way up. It’s okay!
The NLT version says, “He will make me as sure-footed as a deer.” I have a TON of deer in my neighborhood. Those little suckers RUN though my backyard woods like a lightning bolt. I have never seen one of them fall, EVER! This is the sure-footed confidence we can have in God. We may trip, but we will never fall! Psalm 37:24 says so. “Though they may stumble (trip), they will not fall for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Thank you, Jesus!
Habakkuk reminds us that we can trust God to provide us with the strength we need to persevere! Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Amen and Amen. Go back and read the entire chapter of Habakkuk 3. This is his prayer. His praise to God. You will see that he remembers the mighty acts of God, and it helps him to have the confidence for his present situation as well as the future. (read it in the NLT version, and you will see the words “glittering spear,” that’s right, glitter is in the Bible!)
As I pondered all this on my walk the other day, I thought more about the “massive hill” and the hills I climb daily. I thought of this as I was panting my way up…….
He is with me.
I am not alone.
Lean on Him as I ascend.
Learn all that He is teaching me.
Surrender to Him, let go of my troubles, sufferings, responsibilities and allow Him to do His thing in me and through me.
You got this FINE Sister! He is walking with you; He won’t let you go. Trust Him. You will reach the top… TODAY. You may have to ascend again tomorrow, but remember, and have the sure-footed confidence, God is right there with you.
I love my high-heels, and I never look at them the same way again since exploring this verse. I also have another t-shirt that says, “Sometimes warriors wear heels.”