When I was young I was infatuated with horses. I bought books on them and had posters all over my room of these magnificent creatures. Each year at fair time I would spend hours in the horse stalls petting and feeding them. I would spend all afternoon each day admiring and asking how fast they run, what type of horse they were, how to put the saddle on,etc. I could only imagine how the owners grew weary of me. I didn’t care. I was a kid and just wanted to know more.
When my family and I took our yearly vacation at Mohigan State Park in Ohio, I begged my mother to let me go horseback riding. The rides were costly and she didn’t have a lot of money, but with my persistence she gave in. I was excited beyond belief! After we arrived the guide brought the horse over to me and explained how to get up in the saddle. With his help I was sitting on top of the horse. I felt tall. Suddenly, fear inched in. I thought, “oh no! I’m nervous.” I cannot believe that I once wanted to be a cowgirl and round up horses on a ranch and here I sit, sacred. The horse began to walk and I swept that fear away. Off we went, the horse and I, up and down hills.
We came to a narrow trail. One step in the wrong direction and the horse, with me on top of him, could lose his footing and slide down the hill throwing me off. I told the guide that I was scared. I started shaking as I watched the hoofs take each step. I could not believe the guide is taking us on a trail like this! The guide turned around and said, “he has made this trip many times, his footing is secure and his balance is grounded. Trust his ability not to fall.” At that point I had no choice. I surely couldn’t jump off him. I sat up on that saddle with the reigns held tightly in my grip.
Letting the horse do what he knows how to do took faith and trust on my part. Eventually, I came off that trail safely and in one piece. Whew!
Life can be like a narrow trail. Treading it lightly and watching each step that we take. We have to put faith and trust in God to carry us through. Let God take the reigns. Circumstances may arise that are out of our control, let God deal with it and trust Him to do what he does best – DELIVER! We may not know why things happen but have faith that He knows why. His word is secure, His holy spirit is grounded, and His ability will NOT fail. Life can throw you up on a saddle and give you no choice but to hang on. Remember this, God promises that His word ‘will go forth and not return to him without results.’ Become infatuated by taking in knowledge and asking questions. Finally, when you come off that narrow trail get on your knees and thank him from the bottom of your heart. He expects you to always get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up!