Saturday I had the chance to go and watch my niece, Rachel, perform in a horse show. The facility was gorgeous with rolling hills and big, beautiful barns. This was the first horse show of the season, and all of the girls were nervous and excited. Rachel was going to be competing in three different activities. It seemed like each activity she performed in grew in the degree of difficulty and also in danger. Her first activity was dressage, and it shows the training level of the horse. The second activity of the day was show jumping. That is when the jumps are arranged in a rink and you want to clear all of the jumps without knocking off any of the rails. The last activity was cross country. It had the same type jumps, but it is performed out in an open field. The jumps that you see in cross country are obstacles that you would see in fields, like a fallen log.

Rachel warmed up her horse and then got ready to start the cross country portion of the show. There was already a girl on the course, so as soon as that girl finished, Rachel would start. All at once, we look up and the other girl’s horse was flying toward us. The horse had thrown the girl (she was not hurt), got spooked, and was running as hard as it could back to the barn and safety.

Thankfully the girl was alright, and so was the horse. Rachel finished her ride, and I was glad to have her cross the finish line all in one piece. The runaway horse had spooked me, and I am sure that Rachel was also frightened. But, on the way home I got to thinking about how life can be the same way.

Life starts easily enough where all you have to do is follow a few rules and show how well you are trained. And, as you get older, the levels of difficulty and danger increases. It doesn’t take long before we have to make decisions that affect our lives and the lives around us.

Do you drive slowly until you are out of sight and then see how fast you can go? Are you dating someone that you knows should be “off limits” but you can’t help yourself? Are you drinking in excess or taking drugs? Are you living a lie?

How do things get so out of control so fast? It seems that we can be galloping along and everything is going great. Then, the next thing we know, things are starting to get bumpy, and we are being thrown head first to the ground. Life feels like the runaway horse, and we can’t seem to reign it back in.

There are hope and light at the end of the tunnel. If we just trust in God, He can use our circumstances for good. He can change our lives, our thoughts, and our circumstances, but we have to allow Him in our lives first.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Even though life might throw you for a loop, and it feels like everything is out of control, there is hope. Just like the runaway horse calmed down enough to be caught, your runaway life can calm down too. Pull in the reigns, and bring everything to a stop so that you can hop off. Then, be sure to thank the Lord for the ride and the lessons learned on the journey.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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  1. I am impressed by anyone who goes near a horse. They are a beautiful looking animal but oh those teeth!! The closest I get to a horse is to look at over a hedge. Brave young lady and I hope she did well. Love – Jill x

  2. Mindy Sherretts Gayes Reply

    Tania, what a beautiful and awesome message. Yes life can get bumpy but if we trust in our Savior he will make the way smooth when His time is right. Thank you for this inspiring post.

  3. Tania, this post was written for me today. I feel like my life is out of control. Everything at work was going so well and then since the first of the year it is spiraling out of control. I am setting here this weekend trying to decide what to do and then this post came along. Thanks for the post.

    • Tania Reply

      I am sorry that things aren’t going smoothly this year. Just remember that your season might be in a teaching phase. Keep believing in the Lord and believe that He will change your circumstances.

  4. Thank you, I so needed that this morning. Sometimes I do feel like that runaway horse. I beg God to steer me to the right path, His path. And that my eyes and heart are open wide to His word and His Holy son, Jesus. with an ever grateful heart, Carol

    • Tania Reply

      I say a prayer almost daily for the Lord to open my eyes and my heart to His ways. We go through life with blinders on so much that we miss the Lord’s proddings.

  5. Not a horse fan myself but they are magnificent creatures…in a photo. Love your analogy today, Tania. So true. At 27 I found myself in a miserable marriage. All so painful and I was so young. Now at 59, I’ve been happily long married to a wonderful guy. Our blended family is the light of our lives, our 6 grandchildren our gifts from God. At 27 I wisely turned my problems to God for guidance. The calmness I felt was overwhelming and a comfort. Our Lord has taken exceptional care of me and gifted me in ways I could never imagined. He is a gracious and kind Father to us, His children. I am forever grateful and humbled my His love and generosity. For anyone reading this who is on that runaway horse, trust in God, ask for his help, his lessons, his guidance. He WILL help you in ways you could not imagine.

    • Tania Reply

      Kathy, I am so happy that you have found happiness and that you wisely turned to the Lord. Giving Him our problems can be hard, especially if we want to be in control. As soon as we realize that we are NEVER truly in control, we can let the Lord send us in the correct direction.

  6. Loved this – so well put. Thank you for your faithfulness in posting Sunday blogs.💕

  7. Elaine Abernathy Reply

    My “runaway horse” started in January 2015 and ran hard for the next two+years. One daughter was in a very bad relationship, my dad was diagnosed with an advanced stage of a not so common cancer, our 28 year old son had a stroke then my dad passed away. Talk about life being out of control! But God was always present. Through much, much prayer, Bible verses about God’s strength and unfailing love, and some heaven sent friends, I feel like life is getting back under control. It’s on a very different path, of course, but one I’m getting excited to follow. Thank you for your Sunday morning posts!

    • Tania Reply

      Elaine, I am so sorry that you have had all of these happen in such a short period of time. I love that you say that you have felt the Lord’s presence and that you are relying on His word to guide you through this difficult time.

  8. Glad everyone is safe. Beautifully written and true how life can true a corner

  9. Lori Duncan Reply

    I look forward to your Sunday posts. Thank you for your faithfulness! He is blessing you and I pray he continues!!

    • Tania Reply

      I am so happy that you like the Sunday posts, Lori. It is humbling to think that the Lord is using me in this small way.

  10. Your post today was fantastic! I also read the one at the bottom titled Who knows what’s good or what’s bad. I had to call my brother and read that to him. We could relate to that story. Thanks for your blog.

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad that the post you shared the post with your brother. I hope that the Lord is speaking to you through this post.

  11. Charlcy L. Green Reply

    Thank you! I love your Sunday words! What a treat to get to watch your niece perform! I’d have loved that. All of us have those times when it feels like our life is running away from us and w/o God, I couldn’t make it!

    • Tania Reply

      It was a treat to get to watch her. I hope you enjoyed the post.

  12. Jayne Finkbohner Reply

    Thanks Tania, such a great analogy and message. We are being renewed daily if we know our Savior!
    God bless a

  13. Donna Ingalls Reply

    Your Sunday posts are always so uplifting and motivating. I really look forward to them. You are an inspiration to all.

  14. Thank you Tania.
    Your encouragement is timely, helpful and appreciated!

    New Hampshire

  15. What a beautiful post. I did not get to read it yesterday, as my “runaway horse” was att full speed. My life is seriously overwhelming right now, but I have not lost hope. My mom is very sick, my 15 1/2 year old pup (my soulmate) was recently diagnosed with renal failure and has to get sub q fluid injections daily at home, I am about finally ruined, my brother is a heroin addict, and I am trying to work two part time jobs and raise my sweet 9 year old daughter who has about two hours of homework a night. I never thought I would have all of this going on at once, but I do. It is hard, and most days I want to give up. Your post is inspiring. Thank you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  16. So, what did you wear to the horse show? I am going to a polo match and need an idea as to what to wear.

    • Tania Reply

      This was what I wore for the first part, and then I changed into something else for the next part. I have never been to a polo match so I would probably ask someone who has been before. Or, try Pinterest and see what you can find there.

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