This month we met the Quarter Horse Josie- a newcomer to the barn, Josie has had a lot of change in her life recently. While she is getting used to a new barn, and new owners, she also has three different riders (all of whom have their own way of doing things) to get used to. Used to one type of shoe, she is now wearing a totally different type, and she is still getting used to how it effects her movement. Her attitude through all this is very good natured and willing. How many of us could say the same? Horses fear change. They like their nice, safe routine. People are not usually much different. We like to stay in our comfort zones. Outside of them, we get defensive, anxious, or downright grumpy. If we are smart we turn to God, and like Josie, we try to find out what new thing God is trying to show us.
Change is just another form of pressure, and like the pressure we use to train our horses, it is a wonderful tool to get our attention and create growth- both in our spiritual walk and our relationship with God. Pressure is uncomfortable, and sometimes feels unfair, but it's also an opportunity. When we come under pressure, we have a chance to learn and grow. If we focus on the circumstances and our frustrations, we often lose the benefit we could get if we, like Josie, focused on what God is teaching us and how to respond to Him correctly.
2Cor. 7:11a "For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong!"
Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but by everything with prayers and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."