God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:19)

There is an old book based on this final verse in Habakkuk written by Hannah Hurnard called Hinds’ Feet on High Places. The book tells the story of a girl named Much-Afraid and her own journey from doubt to faith. Her story begins as she leaves the Valley of Fear. Fear is all she has ever known, but in faith, she embarks on a new journey. Her path is marked by sorrow and suffering, but through it all, she learns to depend on God.  She learns to trust God no matter what.  And He leads her to higher places with him that she has always longed for.

How do you cultivate “no matter what” faith? You lean on the Lord when you are afraid. You choose to rejoice in God even when the worst happens. You find strength in God to climb to new spiritual heights even when you are down.

God created the deer to be an incredibly agile and graceful creature. He knew that it would need the ability to navigate its often treacherous habitat.  Habakkuk describes a female deer running in high places, steady, uninhibited, unafraid, and full of confidence as she takes on the mountain before her. Let’s pray together that God will give us that kind of sure-footed stability to safely traverse the steep paths of life’s journey to greater spiritual heights.

Prayer: Lord, plant my feet on solid ground and enable me to reach extraordinary places in You.  In Jesus Name, Amen.


Julie is a writer who would rather read, a speaker who would rather listen, a joyful wife to Peter, and a determined mother of two. She is the More to Life director and editor of Reflections Magazine UPCI.

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