The Hinds’ Feet of a Widow

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; and He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places……”  Habakkuk 3:19

There are 3 references in the Bible that say that God makes my feet like hinds’ feet and makes me to walk on high places (II Sam. 22:34; Psalm 18:33; Habakkuk 3:19).  That got my attention and as I thought about it some more, I began to look at the Hebrew translation and discovered a few things.

God’s “strength” here reflects not only strength but ability and efficiency.  The word make means to transform, to set in place, and to direct toward.

A “hind” is a female deer that can run fast, jump high, and is sure-footed.  The word feet talks about not only our physical feet but our journey.

God enables me towalk which in Hebrew translates to lead and direct in a march.

When I got to the words high places, I was surprised to see that it meant not only places that are high, but even had a translation of “funeral mound with a question mark beside it.  Could this verse possibly mean that God will give the widow’s feet the strength to move through her grief journey,  “leap over” the death of her husband in acceptance and sure-footedly move on toward what is ahead in the next chapter of her life?

I have to think that this truth was so important that God made reference to it three times and in this time and place in my life, this is what He is saying to me.  On my own I certainly do not have the strength to move on.  It would be so much easier to just go into a room, close the door, and shut life out completely never having to face anyone or make any decisions again.

The Supreme GOD is a widow’s physical strength, mental strength, emotional strength, and spiritual strength.  He is her ability and makes her efficient.  He transforms her physical feet in her journey and sets them in place directing her in the right way.  He then enables the widow to walk and leads her in a direct march through her grief journey, helps her to leap over the wall of brokenness, disappointment, anger, and all the emotions of grief guiding her to the place of acceptance, and then helps her to sure footedly march on toward what is ahead in her life.

3 responses

  1. So well said and obviously inspired, Candy! The Supreme God IS ALL those things and makes it possible for us to take the next step with His Power enabling us. How heart-breaking for the unfortunate widows, who don’t realize all that is available to us through a personal relationship with the Lord, and is doing her best to do this widowhood thing in her own strength. Lord, in Your mercy, draw them all to You.

    I know what you mean about trying to remember all the wonderful things the Lord is teaching us. That’s why it is a good idea to re-read what you have written in the past. I can’t tell you how often it is like reading new information, when I go back. I figure that’s why we have paper, pens, pencils and computers. Thank You, Lord!
    Have a great weekend,


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