During the clinic I reminded the riders that having horses was like having children. “We have to be their parent before we can be their friend”, I reminded them. A relationship with a horse (like our children) is based on respect and mutal understanding. All women want to have a mushy, sweet relationship with their horse, but most struggle in requiring the respect that’s needed from their horse for that kind of a relationship. Our relationship with God isn’t really any different. (downtown bozeman MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.)
When I think about my relationship with my horse, I am reminded that without his obedience, our rides would go his way and we may end up in a place we shouldn’t be in. Just like my relationship with God. If I fail to be obedient to God and do my own thing all the time, I ususally find myself in a mess! A place in my life I probably shouldn’t be! Now, like my horse, I do let him have his way at times only to show him that if he would have followed my lead, there probably would have been much less work for him. God is no different! He gives us free choice! We can do what we want, but I think often we find ourselves coming around to his way. His way may not always be easy, but it’s always better than our way. If I let my horse have his way all day every day, he would miss out on what he can become. So will we.
I had to laugh when Lysa talked about selling her house. As my husband and I drove out of Montana, I murmered a prayer, “Lord, if you want us here, I’ll come!” This chapter really made me think about how I would react if he asked me to go somewhere other than Montana though.
Being obedient isn’t easy. However, I’m sure that as we continue to learn to say “YES” to God, it will become a second nature. I’ve always told God I’d go where he wanted me to go, and I’d say whatever he wanted me to say. I’m sincere in that desire and continue to pray that way. I can’t wait to see where God will call me to go, and what he will have me to say. It’s not always easy, but I’ve been blessed each time I’ve spoken his words.
“We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobience will cause us to miss.”
In the comment section below, tell me what areas of your life you feel God calling you to be more obedient in. Is there more than one? How did this chapter help you?