September 10, 2015: Hinds Feet Hopes

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Getting to the top of the mountain can be an arduous journey, but trust and faith must be your footpath.

Hinds Feet Hopes

GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights. Habakkuk 3:19

It’s been many decades since I read about a young woman named “Much Afraid”, broken and lost and in facing what appeared to be impenetrable, obstinate mountains in her life. Although I don’t remember much more about Hannah Hurnards’s story “Hinds Feet in High Places”, it changed my teenage view of how we make it in this world.

Reaching the top of the mountain is available for us all, we just need to begin, persevere and ask for help when we know we can’t go it alone. In the end, getting there takes the courage to TRUST and the decision to have FAITH. The question is – are we willing to reach out in order to step up? Can we trust the ready hand at the next ridge?

Hinds Feet Hopes

Sure and steady on the rocky climb,
Muscled limbs with ease and grace sublime
Maneuver crags and slides with practiced steps -
Ascending heights with certitude
I’ve not found yet.
Now worn the paths that lead to heaven’s gate,
The trails marked well by those who’ve gone before.
Free will is mine to journey or to wait
With seedling faith required – no less, no more.
Give me the grace you gift to stately deer -
Make me, your creature, tread just like the hind.
Your strength imbue my soul and keep me near
That I may reach your hand – your glory find.


Paula Veloso Babadi has worked in the health care industry for over thirty five years, but her true passion is poetry. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the national Catholic Writers Guild and a regular contributor to the St. Joseph’sReflections Newspaper. Growing up in England and Pensacola with her Filipino and British parents and marrying into her Iranian family, she now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, daughter and nearby three grown sons and grandchildren.


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