THINGS HORSES HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT MY LORD
HAVING THE FAITH OF A CHILD
Mathew 18:2-4—He (Jesus) called a child and had him stand among them. And he (Jesus) said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
It is fun and interesting and inspiring to work with young barrel racers. When they get on their horses there is no doubt in the young riders mind the horse will do what they ask them to do. Their faith in their horses is so pure and innocent and trusting.
It amazes me when I see these young people attend their very first barrel race and just go blazing from the gate with complete and total trust in their horse. The end result is the horse usually goes into the arena and turns three barrels and behaves like it has been running barrels all of its life.
As we grow older and barrel race for several years we become cautious and many times do not trust our horse or our instincts. That lack of faith usually causes the horse to either be confused or misbehave or both.
The faith of children is, to me, wondrous. They have not become cynical and untrusting. Whether it is faith in their horse or faith in God the innocence of a child should strike awe in all of us.
If you ever pray with children you know what I mean. Their prayers are so simple and matter of fact and when they say “amen” they just figure the deal is done. That is why, I believe, the prayers of a child are so powerful! I love praying with children.
As we grow older we sometimes carry many scars from the battles of life. We grow doubtful and untrusting. But God’s word tells to follow Jesus with the faith of a child. NEVER doubting. ALWAYS trusting. Realizing if a prayer request is not granted God has his reasons and we just need to trust him. Maybe the timing is not right. Maybe our motives are out of whack. Whatever the reason we must learn to place our faith in God’s timing and judgment and not our own. When we learn to trust God it is amazing how much easier life becomes. It is similar to when we finally learn to trust our horse. The runs smooth out and become really fun.
We adults need learn to have fun like the children we watch. We need to recapture that childlike faith. Watch the children. They can teach you a lot!