When I was young, I was crazy about horses. I would ride just about any horse—even the crazy, stubborn, barn-runners. A barn-runner always fight his rider to get back to the barn; and if you let him have his head—he’ll take off for the barn like his tail is on fire. Riding a barn-runner is more of a battle than a pleasure. A painful bit is often required just to keep both horse and rider safe. On the other hand, riding an obedient horse is delightful for horse and rider! You can travel further and see greater sights. This horse is guided by only slight pressure from the knees, the reins on his neck, or even just the sound of the rider’s voice. No pain required—just trust and understanding.
WE can be—very much—like either one of these horses—with GOD!
Like an obedient horse, when we listen to God, we journey in harmony with Him. We are unified with Him for an extraordinary purpose. More importantly, we’re not fighting the one who loves, protects, and cares for us. God wants to take us on unimaginable journeys and adventures outside the confines of our limitations!
God gives us this wisdom about how He does this—along with a small measure of equine levity:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.” (Psalms 32:8-10)
Back to the barn-runner—which I was for much of my Christian life—what a miserable existence! Like a mule, he runs when he sees God coming because he’s lazy, or afraid of what his master may require of him. His strong-willed behavior keeps him ignorant of how pleasant life can be outside his barn and pasture. He lives small and afraid of great adventure with God. The barn-runner does the bare minimum required just to survive. He imagines himself free because he gets to live by his own rules in his small world. He never learns to live in the freedom beyond his cage. When the master DOES try to ride him—he fights to run back to the barn and his little world. This is the place I was when I finally surrendered to God.
God’s goodness rescued my heart and I didn’t want to run from Him anymore.
When I willingly turned to Him, He changed my heart and I fell in love with Him. I could finally see that I was surrounded by His love. I began to anticipate the sound of His voice to guide me on the next adventure and I no longer wanted to live in the prison of my own disobedience. Obedience to God set me free!!! If you want to find the freedom and adventure God has planned for you—surrender every corner of your heart to Him. He is waiting!
Oh the steadfast love of God that surrounds us when we live in trust and loving obedience to Him!
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