Monday, January 19, 2009

Dancing Backwards in High Heels!


Have any of Ya'll ever heard the Kenny Chesney song "The Woman with You"? Where they talk over spilt groceries, after a hard day's work for her, over a can of beans on the front porch? It's a great song, and of course in it is the line "dancing backwards in high heels". I LOVE that line!
It's an older song, and came out at a time when my husband and I could really relate to it. I recently got a fresh perspective on it from a message my Co-Pastor Kathy Cochran gave to our ladies meeting this past fall. I don't remember the point of the message exactly but, I was inspired during her message to this effect. That when we go through those painful, long term struggles, and/or sudden impact trials we feel like we are going through a minefield, it's so hard climbing that mountain, (like the rocky craigs traversed by the mountain goats), but there is a great reward for our efforts to keep moving forward.

I was inspired specifically to the verses in Habakkuk 3:17-19 Amplified "17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, (Though there was no money in the company budget for your husband's raise or yours {maria's paraphrase}) [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food (though the economy went from free market to socialist almost overnight) , though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, (though your kids don't belong to a church family) 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation (He WILL have the last word in my life!)! 19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet (Just like these goats in the pictures) and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! For the Chief Musician; with my stringed instruments."

I love that this was for a song! Can't you just imagine! What terror this as a song would put in the heart of the enemy? :) I like it!
We often feel like these goats in these first 3 pictures, from barely hanging on, to lonely and cut off from friends and companionship, and terribly unsure where next to place our feet, or if we are even going in the right direction.


But, He IS FATHFULL to guide us and lead us by His Holy Spirit, in a protected path. One such example of this promise (there are several) is Isaiah 26:7 "7 The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight; You, O [Lord], Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous."

Often times, when inspired with a scripture often comes a song, a book or a movie as an analogy to go with it. In this case it was the song I mentioned, "The Woman With You" (of course until last night when I searched the net, I always thought the name was "Dancing Backwards in High heels")! The reason we like it, I think is important to these trials and seasons we go through on our way up the side of the mountain, to get to the mountain top. The woman is telling her husband her priorities have changed. Her goals, and what she always thought she needed to try to achieve have all turned upside down. Now what she values and strives for are things not necessarily looking so important in the world's eye view. That aspect of the song, mirrored our life, and something God did in me. To us, the song was a fun way to celebrate that fact, that grace from God bestowed upon us.

My point here is these trials give us the ability to have our goals and priorities turned upside down. Yes, though hurtfull and confusing many times, this is often for our good. Things we thought were good and important, we may find were, but for a season only, not for a lifetime. On that trek up the mountain, under the Lord's careful guidance, we will find ourselves unpacking our back packs to lighten the load. We may even be given some better treasures by our Guide as this occurs.


See this mountain goat? Doesn't he look like King of The Mountain? That's how we need to see ourselves, not as the the other 3 pictures!

The Battle you and I face, and our families and friends face this week, is The Lord's, and that victory?....Yep! It's OURS! Romans 8:37 "37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us."

Happy Monday, Ya'll!

7 comments:

  1. Amen! Your post compliments my prayer post today! Thanks for your comment. I am just fine...I have moments...but God always raises me up! And you are right..the battle belongs to the Lord...and we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! Amen sister?!

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  2. Our last year has proven that He will work ALL things together for our good.There have been times when I was hanging on by a thin thread. But it is now that I can look back and see where the hard times where "pushing" us.
    And thought life may not look perfect....His plan is. And for that perfect plan I am willing to wait.

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  3. I didn't know you had your own paraphrase too!! One of my favorite phrases is "paraphrase, Julie." LOL!!

    What a great post. My husband and I were talking last night about how different our perspectives and priorities were from so many we know. But we're HAPPY that it is!!

    Julie

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  4. I have felt for a long time that we needed to be shaken in this country. Too much gained a foothold in our lives and pushed God out, little by little. He holds our feet to the Rock. So thankful when the world is shaking, He is STEADY!

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  5. We have the victory!!!
    I am so thankful for the good He brings from our struggles. We can trust Him.

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  6. "We may even be given some better treasures by our Guide as this occurs."

    Love it!

    It was because of my heinous sins that my life was shaken so hard. I felt as if a big giant came along, grabbed me by the heels, flipped me upside down and shook really hard, and everything that was not attached fell away. But it was just that experience that made me start completely over and my life is better because of it.

    Thanks for the great post!

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  7. I love the high heels, because every time that i am wearing high heels i feel very elegant and change my style of walking, i feel more womanly and sexy. Because of that i prefer to use high heels when my boyfriend buy viagra we always have a great result.

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