Hold Your Horses!
There was this girl named Faith. She was very beautiful and the daughter of a minster in our church. When I was younger, and not yet married, I asked her out on a date. To my surprise she said yes. At our farm, my parents kept horses, so I thought that taking her on a horse ride would be sort of different and perhaps even a bit romantic.
I saddled up her horse, cinching the belly strap tight. Horses are funny, many times they will inflate their bellies when you cinch up the saddle so that afterwards when they relax and the strap will not be so tight. This is why you have to re-cinch the strap after a riding a while. Else you, along with your saddle, might slip and roll off your steed.
I, on the other hand, always preferred to ride bare back. I like feeling more connected with my horse. My horse, named Soroko, was fat, for he loved to eat, but was good natured enough most of the time. Faith rode a horse named coke…a former race horse who had a bad habit of running back to the barn if he got away from you. That day, though, I just planned to walk the trails and did not think that coke would be a problem.
It was a sunny day as we rode through the woods and talked. Our farm sat behind 500 acres of wilderness. As we rode through the trails and trees I thought our date was going splendidly. All of a sudden, though, a deer jumped out of the brush in front of us and spooked our horses. like the Lone Ranger, Soroko reared up and I fell to the ground landing on my back. From ground level, dazed and out of breath, I turned my head just in time to see both horses running away at a full gallop with faith hanging on for dear life.
Catching my breath I began to run after them. Scary visions of finding Faith on the road unconscious or with something broken flooded my mind. Coke, being a former race horse, was lighting fast and I did not think Faith could hang on once he got his head. Still catching my breath I ran as fast as I could. All of a sudden I remembered the scripture that said,
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.“
I stopped running and started saying in a load voice, “In the name of Jesus I command the horses to stop!” I prayed like this for several minutes and then, not knowing if anything was happening, started running home again.
Thankfully, I found Faith safe, at the barn, with the horses. She was badly shaken and her arms were bruised from holding the saddle so tightly. Poor girl, her legs were so sore, she could barely walk. I felt terrible and, needless to say, that was our first and last date.
Driving her back home we did not talk much at first. After a while Faith did say one thing though, “it was the strangest thing,” she said, “I was so scared and my arms were so tired I did not think I could hold on much longer. Then all of a sudden, in sight of the barn, both horses just stopped. A soon as I re-gripped the reigns and saddle they took off again.” “Isn’t that funny?” she exclaimed. “Wow,” I thought to myself “It really did work!”
Though I lost a girlfriend that day I learned something of lasting value. God’s word is true and if we will step out in faith, even in a crisis, He will do anything we ask of Him. I believe that if I would have simply believed God all the way Faith might have had time to dismount and walk home. Thankfully, nothing worse happened to her and me than sore arms and a bruised ego. The lesson I learned is this,
” if you are going to believe for something impossible you need to do it all the way.“
Next time something happens I pray that God will help my faith so that I can stand firm on His word and see total deliverance. God is so amazing!