Running on Bad Ground


Isaiah 30:18—For the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.

Isaiah 32:17—The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

Psalms 27:14—Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 37:7—Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

Psalm 121:3—He will not let your foot slip.  He who watches over you will not slumber.


If you have run barrels very long at all you know what it is like to run on bad ground.  Most producers try very hard to provide good ground for us but there are just some instances that the ground is as good as it can get and is still bad and/or dangerous.  The thing a barrel racer needs to do is identify the ground and ride accordingly.  On bad ground it is especially important to sit in the middle of your horse and be quiet.

Problems in our lives are a lot like running on bad ground.  If we have a problem in our life we need to identify what it is and then go to God and stay focused (centered) on Him and be still before the Lord until we get our answer.  Even when we don’t have problems we still need to set aside a time each day to be still in front of the Lord so we can hear what ever He would like to tell us. 

The world today is so busy and noisy.  There is always something demanding our attention.  Family, friends, school, work, horses, barrel racing and so many other things are always calling to us demanding our attention.  It is no wonder people today are suffering from so much exhaustion.  There is just too much going on around us.  We all need to find a “quiet place” to talk to God.  We all need to learn to relax and listen to God.  I am sure He will be delighted to have an open, uninterrupted line to our heart.

Have you ever been to a barrel race and the ground looks wonderful and yet when you go into a turn your horse hits a hole and really stumbles?  It is not really a bad ground situation but after a number of horses run holes, divots and burms are created in the ground around the barrels and are hidden.  That is another situation where you need to get quiet and centered on your horse.  Just stay still and give your horse a chance to pull itself up and get upright.  Again, our life is a lot like that.  We may be rolling along and think everything is just dandy and all of a sudden something jumps up and bites us.  Totally unexpected! 

How do we react to that situation?  Do we get really quiet before God and wait?  Not usually.  Usually we run around willy nilly and we try to fix it on our own and create a bigger mess than we had in the first place!  We should just stop right then and there and just say “Lord I am in a mess and I need your help”. Instead we try everything else in our own power until we have run out of options.  Then the only option is to go to God where the power really is.

Good grief!  Are we dense or what?  If we would just stop, pray and listen we could save ourselves a ton of work and worry! 

So the next time you are facing a bad ground situation in your life remember: 

Go to God and talk to him.

Stay centered (focused).

Be still.