It was a girlfriend getaway at a beautiful Arizona Horse Ranch. My girlfriends dressed up like real cowgirls and suggested a trail ride to Chapel Hill. My friend, Cristy insisted that I saddle up her precious Ben, a calm very old horse. I said, “No thank you, I’m afraid of horses.” Against my better judgement I climbed up on a ladder, mounted Ol’ Ben and panicked when I could not locate a seat belt! I think Ben sensed my fear when I pleaded with the trail hands to duct-tape my body to the horse. In the beginning Ben gaited slowly but suddenly and unexpectedly he galloped! Everyone on the mountain could hear my piercing scream. Immediately my friend Cristy, an expert horsewoman, fearlessly whipped her horse around, lassoed Ben and led me to the front of the line. Then she simply said, “Let go of the reins and trust me! ”
When I finally calmed down I noticed that Cristy lassoed Ben with a red rope. For me the “Red rope” was a tender picture of Jesus Christ leading me through life.
“I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love.” — Hosea 11:4
This was the perfect illustration for me to think about my controlling issues. I have a tendency to hold to frustrations, worry, adult children. I know that God wants me to let go and let the Holy Spirit once again take control.
Is. 58:11 “And the LORD will continually guide you”
In the trail ride all I had to do was “sit back and relax.” In the Spirit arena all I have do is “sit back and relax.” It doesn’t mean that I stop caring if I release my control it just means I trust the results to God. He is the Master Rider and He Reigns Forever!
Psa. 97:1 The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Do you ever feel out of control? Do You trust the Master Rider to guide you when you scream? Micah 7:7 My God will hear me.
Can You submit to His divine guidance?
John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;
Father, Some days we just feel so out of control. We admit that we try to bridle and control the actions of our children, spouses and friends. We acknowledge that we have controlling issues. We want to hold on to bad attitudes, grudges and worry. Once again we surrender to your control and once again we give You back the reins. Help us to “let go! Help us to trust your lead and help us to enjoy the adventure until one day In the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52). God will nod and The Rider [Jesus Christ] will mount his White stallion, come down from Heaven fully clothed as a warrior to rescue his bride.
Rev. 6:2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.