Do You Look Before You Leap?

before-you-leapWhat can we learn from a mountain goat? Shelly shares how specific God’s designs are.

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:19).

Have you ever seen mountain goats? I mean really seen them in action?

I’ve been studying them lately, as I ponder the above verse. Their hooves are made like no other. . . with special pads that spread and grip.

Fascinating, the way that God gives each created thing exactly the characteristics it needs to not only survive, but to thrive in its environment.

But the one thing that keeps me holding my breath, the one thing that keeps me gasping in wonder, is not the amazing way God created or the agile way the goats cling to the almost invisible ledge.

The part that gets me every time is the leap.

The leap from one unseen bump to another. No hesitation. No contemplation or preparation or (here’s the one that hits home for me) doubt. I’ve tried to pause the videos mid-leap. It’s impossible. So fast, so definite.

To the goat, it’s just ordinary. It’s instinctive and mundane.

That’s how I want to shine for God . . . as brilliant as those mountain goats mid-leap.

No hesitation. No contemplation or preparation or doubt. That kind of faith, it gets me every time.

Prayer: Mighty God, I want to leap with the kind of trust. I want to act on the things I know. Give me courage, Lord, and faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at

This song is “Eagles” by Third Day. If you are feeling weighed down, burdened, unsure about taking that next step–much less a leap–I think you will enjoy this encouraging song that Shelly picked just for you. -Lisa

Want to see the mountain goats leaping that Shelly was talking about? Watch here!