Monday, September 17, 2007

Hind's Feet on High Places


I'm tutoring a little girl at school, and we read this story at the end of our tutoring session. She adores this story by Hannah Hurnard, and jumps up and down when she knows it's time to read it. Here is an excerpt from today:

Much-Afraid looked at the Shepherd. "Sometimes I have wondered about the wild flowers," she said. "It seems strange that they should grow in places like this where the goats and cattle walk all over them. They have so much beauty and sweetness to give, and hardly anyone sees them."

The look the Shepherd turned on her was very beautiful. "Nothing My Father and I have made is ever wasted," He said quietly, "and the wild flowers have a wonderful lesson to teach. Many people live a quiet, ordinary life. Hardly anyone even knows about them, but inside their hearts it is like a delightful garden where the King Himself walks and rejoices. Some of My servants have won great respect from other people and are famous, but always their greatest victories are like the wild flowers, those which no one knows about. Learn this lesson now, down here in the Valley, Much-Afraid, and when you get to the steep places of the mountains it will comfort you."



What a wonderful thing to teach in a children's book.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I LOVE that book. Do you know they have a children's version, complete with pictures, etc. I've read it to our Wednesday WiseGuys before and they absolutely loved it. Thanks for reminding me. I think I'll go buy another one.

Mom

Craver Vii said...

Wildflowers yes, but not dandelions. Dandelions came as a result of the Fall.

Stacy said...

Can you find no good in dandelions? They're hearty, they last, they'll grow just about anywhere....

Anonymous said...

Not to mention they make great wine. PLUS, Fulghum mentioned that if dandelions were rare, people would pay MILLIONS tokeep them alive. and its true. Just look at the daisies.

D:


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEmily

Stacy said...

Introducing my daughter, Emily.

I guess my first question, Em, is how do you KNOW dandelions make great wine? And how do YOU distinguish between good and great wine? Just curious, sweetie.

Anonymous said...

1.) Robert Fulghum gives the recipe on my iPod

2.) The difference between good and great wine is the simple fact of how drunk you can get within the next 5 minutes.

:D

Eminemiry

Craver Vii said...

Whether or not the wine is good, I cannot say, since I have never had dandelion wine. But if anyone prioritizes strong drink over luscious green lawns, it certainly goes to evidence of impaired judgment.

Dandelions destroy lawns. They choke the life out of the good, sweet, innocent and lovely grasses... therefore, they are a heinously evil weed from the very pit of "H," "E," double hockey-sticks! Phtooey!

You know what? When I pull a dandelion, I leave it to die on the open field to intimidate any neighbor's dandelions who might think of migrating to my lawn.

Ah, but you were saying something about Hind's Feet...

Anonymous said...

XD ive never made it. and i have never drank before and never will.
and im not trying to insult your lawn. i have a great respect for lawns. i went with my dad to cut lawns all the time. D:

dandelions are flowers. D:
your leaving wildflowers to DIE. ALL ALONE. WITH ITS COMRADES WATCHING D': thats saddening...

Stacy said...

Em the nature lover. :) Well, except when she's hunting.

Stacy said...

But, on second thought, you're usually hunting creatures who eat wildflowers, so at least you're being consistent. Wabbits. Pesky little creatures. With fluffy tails, and cute, wiggly noses.

Anonymous said...

And those giant...giant scary teeth...and fleas...

Craver Vii said...

Saddening?? That's one way to look at it, but consider the thousands of grass plants that are saved from the marauding dandelion conquistadors. The grasses in my lawn celebrate me as their rescuing hero, and I am passionately devoted to preserving the lives of these defenseless innocents. (cue music)

Anonymous said...

dude, its grass. they pop up everywhere. EVERYWHERE. MORESO THAN DANDELIONS. so yeah. i rest my case. ^^