“Much Afraid” – When Following Jesus is Scary

The late, British, author, Hannah Hurnard’s, “Hinds Feet on High Places” (a “hind” is a deer) is written in the genre of John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” – they’re both allegories of the adventure of following Christ.

Hurnard opens her story with God’s promise from the prophet, Habakkuk:

“The Sovereign Lord is my source of strength.  He gives me the agility [and sure-footedness] of a deer. He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain of the [mountainous] high places.” – Habakkuk 3:19

Like Bunyan, Hurnard uses names for her characters that describe what they represent.  Hurnard’s protagonist is appropriately named “Much Afraid.” (It can be scary following Jesus, right?)

As the Shepherd (Jesus) is leading Much Afraid, he is teaching her to trust him regardless of the danger she sees ahead of them.

The Shepherd lovingly says to her:

“Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy.”

Regardless of what you may be going through right now, the Shepherd is whispering to you, “I’ve got this.  Trust me.”