This morning, while riding out in glorious sunshine, my noble steed started shaking his head, he snorted and got a little restless. When I looked around, I discovered that the local farmer had rolled his hay into big bales which were lying on the field to dry out properly. And my lovely huge horsey didn’t quite like the look of them.
A year or two ago, I would have looked at the same thing which worried the horse I was sitting on, getting nervous at what might pop into the creature’s head and basically whether it would be taking off with me.
Another horse had even refused to walk through a gate because my focus had been on the metal construction, not on the path and trees in the distance ahead.
This time round, I knew that would not have been terribly wise a thing to do as it only confirms to the horse that there really is something to worry about on that field and that it might not be safe to walk past it.
Instead, I sat back in the saddle a bit more and nudged the horse to go forward while completely ignoring the “scary” hay bales to our left. I focused on what was ahead and steered Morph in that direction.
And sure enough, he realised that because I wasn’t focusing on the strange object but on a point further up the road it would be okay to move forward. He chose to also shift his focus off the unknown and lifted his head.
I hope I can learn to trust God in a similar way in uncertain situations, taking my focus off the obstacles in the way and instead move my attention to his promises:
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:10-12
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. Psalm 91: 5-7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6