Hard-Headed Horses

  • Oct. 31, 2011
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When I used to horseback ride, I had a horse who was so unruly, so hard to catch out in the pasture. Once I bridled and saddled him, he was very obedient.

Hi, this is Joni Eareckson Tada. When I used to horseback ride, I had a horse who was so unruly, so hard to catch out in the pasture. Once I bridled and saddled him, he was very obedient. It’s like he was a different horse under the restraints. He seemed happy to obey my commands. Sometimes I think this wheelchair of mine is like a saddle, with a bit and a girth and a bridle and I’m the horse. Maybe at one time in my life I was unruly and running wild, but knowing what I do now about God? I would much rather have the restraints; I’d much rather be saddled with suffering! The restraints remind me who’s in charge; who’s holding the reins. Besides, well-trained horses are the ones who win ribbons. So no matter what kind of hardship you’re saddled with today, don’t despair. You’re in training. There’s a blue ribbon waiting for you and a master to be obeyed.

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