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The Traveling Vagabond: Hinds Feet Day 4


Jeff Porter gave me a wonderful going away gift.  He took my two boys and I an hour of off-roading on a path that leads half way up North Peak mountain in the Red Rocks.  From there we got out of his jeep and began hiking 2 hours up to the peak.  It made memories of a lifetime.

As I was walking, Psalms 18 kept coming to my mind, particularly vs 33:

“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me upon my high places.”

“Hinds” are like gazelles, deer or mountain goats. 

Life is never a strait forward path, everyone has twists, turns and obstacles.  But we do get to choose as to whether we go to the low places or the high places.  What gets thrown at us we often have little control over, what we inwardly do with our daily reality is where our choice comes in.

The low place is always the path of least resistance.  The parent who constantly is found in self-pity.  The business person who’s gain was found, in part, by looking away of the moral implications of how that gain was achieved.  The twenty something who approaches life with a sense of entitlement.  The person who’s generosity is enough to feel good about oneself, but not enough to feel the loss in his/her lifestyle.  The low path faces life, yet is given to self-preservation.

High places are always narrow paths where you choose to do the tough inward work, despite the fact that life is already throwing you enough curve balls as it is.

The high places are beautiful, and they produce the kind of peace the Creator intended for life to have.  There is an inexplicable joy found up there.  Hope is based on a real confidence as eyes are wide open, rather than stumbling through life with eyes closed and fingers crossed.

Jeff, Caleb, Levi and I spent almost an hour on the mountain top in total silence.  We each took a rock that had a spectacular view and spent the hour taking it all in, meditating and prayer.  Technology hardly worked up there so even if the cell phone asked for attention, it could only last for a few minutes at best.  The path to get to this high place was long and treacherous, but the payoff was so big that we created memories that will last a lifetime. 

Earlier in the Psalm we read:

 “He took me to a safe place.

    Because he delights in me, he rescued me.” (19)

I learned back in college through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs that our basic foundational needs are physiological (food and shelter), safety and security.  He would say that ultimate healthiness is to reach love, self-esteem and self-actualization. 

The older I get I have learned that worry and anxiety about the basic needs will never allow my inward self to focus on those higher needs. In life I get caught in a vicious cycle that keeps me in the low places. It is not a safe place. Personally I have found, and am finding, that God’s words are true.  If I trust in the Lord with all of my heart and lean not into my own understanding, He will make my paths strait to the high places. (Prov 3)

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Reader Comments (2)

Thanks for being so transparent and thought provoking
July 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve kurcz
Thanks for being so transparent and thought provoking
July 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve kurcz

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