Sweetwater Youth Ranch

It’s not about the horse

A hush came over the crowd as we all anticipated what was about to happen. The gate opened and the thundering sound of 28 hooves came bursting onto the arena floor. The sound alone stirred an unexplainable excitement in the soul of the horse loving crowd as they galloped in unison and in sync with the rhythem of the music around the edge of the arena floor.

They continued around the edge of the arena for the length of three or four songs until once more the gate opened and a lady donning English riding attire and a gentleman sporting leather chaps and cowboy hat entered onto the arena floor. Before the gate closed five of the seven horses exited. The two left behind –not skipping a beat–continued to gallop in unison as if the others hadn’t left. Half a song later–without changing gate one of the horses turned 180 degrees and continued galloping–just in the opposite direction. Neither horse seemed confused or even affected by the change. Along with 2000 other spectators, I was thoroughly captivated! Thats when I knew two things. These horses were not wild and obviously not following each other. They were following the instruction of their masters. I tried to see the cues but they weren’t obvious.  This continued for several minutes- each horse following the lead of their own master while completely tuning out each other. Even as they passed each other– without hesitation–they chose not to give into their natural instinct to turn and follow each other. I had never seen horses passing up and opportunity to follow one another. As if this wasn’t amazing enough, the big awe came when they each stopped, turned to face their master and ran to them. With multiple possible distractions, these horses only had one thing in mind– keeping their eyes on their master.  

Job 12:7 says “But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fouls of the air and they shall tell thee:”

I knew what I was seeing was more than what I was watching. God was showing me what he wanted from me. Both eyes! I heard him say, “this, my child, is what I’m asking of you. Every day you make choices–I gave you the free will to choose–but often you yield to your own instinct and become distracted. I ask you now to tune out the distractions and put both eyes on me.” 

That day, that moment, that message, changed everything–absolutely everything!

So, no..its not about the horse…

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