Journey To The High Places: Detour Through The Desert (Week 6)

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Journey To The High Places: Detour Through The Desert (Week 6)

By Barbie   /     Aug 25, 2014  /     Book study  /     

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This chapter could not have come at a better time. It truly spoke to my heart in this seasons of my life, and how, even though I do not understand His ways, He is always faithful to bring me through.

As Much-Afraid became aware that what lay ahead of her on the next phase of her journey was a desert, she immediately began to argue with her companions, Sorrow and Suffering, insisting that surely this was not the way she should go. After all, the Shepherd had called her to the High Places. Why would He want her to detour through the desert?

But the Shepherd made it very clear that this was the way she should go. He assured Much-Afraid that He was not contradicting Himself by calling her to the High Places, yet making her go through the desert. He called it “postponement for the best to become possible.”

He was leading her away from her heart’s desire altogether and gave no promise at all as to when He would bring her back. – Hinds Feet on High Places

As the Shepherd led her away from her heart’s desire, He asked her if she loved Him enough to accept the postponement and the apparent contradiction of the promise, and to go down with Him to the dessert.

After arriving at the desert, the Shepherd explained that all of His servants on their way to the High Places have had to make this detour through the desert.  He called it “The Furnace of Egypt”.  (Gen. 15:12, 17)  Thereafter he brought Much-Afraid into different rooms and showed her things she had never seen before.

Truly, one of the most impactful portions of this chapter came on the last page. Much-Afraid notices that throughout all the desert, not a single green thing was growing, neither tree nor flower nor plant.  But on the last morning, as she was walking along the tents and huts of the desert dwellers, she happened upon a little golden-yellow flower, growing all alone.  When she asked the flower it’s name, it responded,

“Behold me!  My name is Acceptance-with-Joy.”

This sums up the journey I’ve been on in this current season of my life.  As there lies ahead many unknowns, I refuse to allow my circumstances to steal my joy.  With the Shepherd’s help, I am learning to see through the eyes of faith and accept my current situation with joy.

Has God called you to accept something in your life with a heart of joy?  I would love for you to share in the comments below.

mountains meadowThis is Week 6 of a devotional study of Hinds Feet on High Places.  I have received the author’s permission to quote larger portions of text for purposes of this study.  All of the posts in this study can be found here.

About Barbie

I am wife and mom to four beautiful children. I have been marked by the love of a relentless God who never stops pursuing me. My desire is to encourage you on your own journey, giving you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.


  1. Amy Jung Says: August 25, 2014 4:34 am

    Yes, perhaps he is calling me to accept a difficult season with joy. I may just at this moment be realizing that. I’d love to move from being resentful to joyful…
    Amy Jung recently posted..When You Fear What Life May Bring

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  2. SharonB Says: August 25, 2014 9:31 am

    Oh this!! “As the Shepherd led her away from her heart’s desire, He asked her if she loved Him enough to accept the postponement and the apparent contradiction of the promise, and to go down with Him to the dessert.” I so needed this reminder….I may need to pull out my copy of the book and re-read it! Thank you friend!
    SharonB recently posted..Weeds of Insecurity

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  3. Cynthia Says: August 25, 2014 11:13 am

    Barbie, I am enjoying this book study! We are such anxious and impatient creatures. And, in today’s society, we expect immediate gratification and become irritated, if this gratification is delayed. Well, as I have grown in Christ, I have come to accept and know that waiting produces an abundance of fruit. The waiting produces ripening and the ripening produces sweetness….Just like Much-Afraid’s heart warmed when we say the little golden flower, this is what happens to us when we think we are alone—the Lord shows up and holds our hand–a sweetness we cannot put into words. I wonder if Much-Afraid would have noticed the tiny flower, had she not been in such a desolate place? Our deserts are gifts, but they sure don’t feel like it, while we are in them~ Much joy!
    Cynthia recently posted..The Turning of Pages in Life

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  4. Rosann Says: August 25, 2014 2:07 pm

    Argh! I am behind on my reading this week, but I’m going to have to get caught up because this just sounds so so good! And so true to life!
    Rosann recently posted..Why You Need a Prayer Basket and How to Put One Together

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  5. Ashley Says: August 25, 2014 6:32 pm

    You are being used for everything good of God to help reach people, sweet friend. Love you.
    Ashley recently posted..The Sweet End of August.

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  6. Mary Geisen Says: August 26, 2014 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much for leading us and trusting God to take you and all of us on this journey to the high places. This is exactly the right time for me to be reading this book because the words mean a lot because of my life experiences. I pray that we all discover one beautiful flower in the messiness of our lives and we accept it with joy.
    Mary Geisen recently posted..An Even Better End

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    • Barbie Says: August 27, 2014 11:31 pm

      God is really working in me this “acceptance with joy” attitude. I can’t say that I have fully embraced it. But I know that God will bring me to that place. Hugs!

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  7. Winter Says: August 27, 2014 12:24 pm

    I have just found your blog.

    You have been blessed with such a beautiful gift from The Lord to write.


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