"He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places." Psalms 18:33 NKJV
One day during my private worship time, I read this verse and thought, "What's so special about deer's feet?" So, as I often do, I Googled it: “Deer's feet.” What I found had me in awe for a few days as I pondered it's meaning in a spiritual, sort of life kind of sense. My life.
In a nutshell, the deer's feet are specifically designed to keep it steady whether running, jumping, or chasing. Their legs execute the movements, but it's their feet that 'land the plane' so to speak. They almost never lose their footing, even on the roughest, steepest terrain, and only slip or fall if the surface is covered with ice. The female deer, or Hind (the word some Bible versions use instead of deer), can place her back feet exactly where her front feet stepped when walking. Deer are surefooted.
Both David (in the Psalm above), and the prophet Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:19), say that God himself made their feet like deer's feet which, from my understanding, these feet then take them to their high places. Both men were declaring this either during a time of great distress, or after being delivered from it.
I started thinking about my distresses, my feet, and my high places, and...my God. For over 25 years, I suffered from severe depression not even knowing that was my problem. When I was growing up, no one talked about anything like that. If you were sad or cried a lot, you were laughed at or labeled a cry baby or weak. So, you did your best to keep it inside and fix yourself.
As an adult, after an encounter with God, I realized my distresses are the enemy of my soul, Satan, and his evil angels. For all the years I was distraught because the enemy was taunting me and lying to me, Jesus and His angels were making my feet like deer's feet. Even though I didn't realize it, they were getting me through the rugged terrain of the lies I was believing. Changing situations and circumstances to move me away from his grip to save my life. To get me to my high places, i.e., God's purpose for my life! Every new school, new job, new city; every failed relationship, every lonely night, every turn I believed was the result of a God that didn't love me, was really the deer's feet He placed on me to get me to the place where my eyes would be opened to see Him and His love. And He was with me all the time!
I want to share my journey, my testimony, with you because perhaps you or someone you love is in a dark place and wondering where in the world is God. I am here to tell you there is hope; He is there, working and molding. Yes, I have days where I still struggle, but I’ve learned I have to keep myself close to Him so I can not only hear and recognize His voice, but also recognize and drown out the voice of the enemy. No matter the circumstances, our Father in Heaven is on our side fighting for us. I believe He’s giving us deer’s feet to rescue us so we can get to our surefooted high places even when we don’t realize it.