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The Christian Equestrian's Literary "Stamp" in Type
My brother just called me to share the results of his day. He told me that my horse Beauty and he had won 2nd place in a Team Roping event with sizable prize money and a fully tooled saddle.
I was thinking of Beauty's progress under my brother's training. Though only a 5 year old, for several years, we didn't think she would ever make a steady Heel horse. Beauty was a little bit flighty and had shown herself capable of great stupidity (e.g. running through a fence, harming herself, being spooky about so much, etc.). However, especially in the last year, Beauty's potential has sky rocketed.
The same was for Flavia, another horse that I started in the principles of riding (like Beauty). My brother bought this filly from me and began her training as a Heel Horse. She was a bit of a renegade. Yet, Flavia is now one of my brother's top athletic horses with all the talent and cow sense you could desire in a Team Roping horse.
In many cases, I was thinking of how given enough time and with consistent training these fillies exceeded our expectations. In our frustration or just disbelief that anything would materialize from going the extra mile with these fillies--we were ready to quit and find us something else. Flavia I tried to practically give away at one point in her training (she reared and would literally squeal at any light leg pressure, ring her tail, etc.). Beauty has also been up for sale in the past.
The turning point of both Beauty and Flavia to becoming money earning contenders is their full submission to their training and their trainer who funneled their raw strengths and abilities into a purposeful plan.
Both began with quirks that had to be managed and worked with. Yet, those obstacles have been overcome. Beauty and Flavia couldn't understand that we wanted them to be Heel Horses--but they had the ability to become such athletes. We were not expecting something they could not achieve. Instead, we could detect their cow sense and agility would enable them to rise to our plans for them (even though we were ready to give up!).
In comparison, I am so thankful the Lord does not give up on us! He knows our full potential with His Sovereign Omnipotence. He understands what we need in our training to achieve what He directs for us to become. I think of how we as Christians can reach our full potential by submitting ourselves to God's training of our lives. Everyone of us goes through daily rigors and all of us can face unknowns. We can't know God's final plan for us at this moment. But the Scriptures say that for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose--ALL things fit into a pattern for good (Romans 8:28).
Though on a much grander scale--the Lord's training of us is something we can achieve. The Bible says that He prepares special works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). It says that He knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). The Bible tells us that He has a plan and purpose unique to each of our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). He does not require more of us than we can achieve--He enables (Philippians 2:13). Yet, "everything-that-God-wants-us-to-be" cannot be reached unless we submit to His direction and are willing to be taken in hand by the Hand that Created us and yoked with Him.
By submitting ourselves to the Lord--we have results! The Bible promises us rest: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30