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.
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.
Have A Blessed Day!