A Steady Ground

"The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights." Habakkuk 3:19

While I was growing up in my beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, I would often take walks in the woods. As little girls, my sister Katie and I would venture into the woods to play in the creek. We would spend hours tiptoeing through the cool water and lifting rocks in hopes of finding tadpoles or salamanders. As a young adult, I would go into the woods to lose myself in my thoughts and the beauty of my surroundings. It in here I found the solitude that I needed to talk out loud to God. Sometimes a deer would interrupt my prayers and wonderings. She would blink at me for a few moments and then disappear into the trees. I was always amazed at how effortlessly she scaled the hills and rocky bluffs. Never did she slip or stumble because God made her to be this way. He fashioned the deer to live amidst the uneven terrain with smooth paths being few and far between.

This is the picture that fills my mind while reading the last verse of Habakkuk. The prior verses speak about times of adversity, hardship and barrenness; times when this prophet is experiencing a season of waiting and wondering on behalf of God's people.

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks have disappeared from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls, yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!" Habakkuk 3:17-18

When it is a season of winter in the soul, God is still at work. He is always working even when we can't see, feel or understand it. We can always trust that His enduring faithfulness will always be busy in our unfolding stories. All the while He gives us the strength to endure the hard, bleak, and barren times. He makes us like the deer who can walk up the rockiest and most uneven ground. Our God makes us steady when we fear we will fall. He gives us the assurance that He alone will give us the strength to stand. Through Him we can do hard things!

When you encounter the hard terrains of life, remember the deer and stand on the firm foundation that is found in our God!


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