Horsey Obedience

  • Nov. 5, 2015
  • #8744

Like a horse and rider, we can happily respond to God’s gentle promptings and leading with confident obedience.

Horsey Obedience

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and as you know, I love horses!

It’s why I love Job chapter 39, verses 19-22. Now listen to this, it says: "Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap, striking terror with his proud snorting? He [rejoices] in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword." I tell you what, when the Holy Spirit inspired that, he must’ve been smiling, thinking of the beauty and power of a horse.

I remember when driving to our old office building on the other side of Agoura Hills, every morning on the way to work, I would pass a horse show ring. Often, if I did not have to rush into work for an appointment, I would pull over to watch people exercise their horses. I remember one horse in particular, a big chestnut thoroughbred. On this particular morning, this beautiful horse and his rider, a woman, were all alone in the show ring. I watched as the horse slowly cantered with his head down. The rider moved one foot forward, barely touching his shoulder, and he immediately switched his lead, stretching out his right foreleg. Then she moved her other foot, and he switched to the other lead. She didn't use a crop or wear spurs. She didn't even pull on the reins. Her commands – and I was looking closely – were imperceptible; a tightening of the knees against the saddle, a nudge with her boot, a soft click with her tongue. And for as big as that thoroughbred was, he seemed so happy, quietly obeying his rider, alert to her commands; it’s like he got the message every time.

I remember thinking: “Man, what great communication between horse and rider; that woman and her steed seemed to blend as one.” They appeared to share one mind, one purpose. They looked indivisible. As you can imagine, it was pretty hard to pull myself away from watching them that morning. And it made me think: “Wouldn't it be great if we could be as trusting as that thoroughbred? Alert to God's commands. Wouldn’t it be something if we responded to his nudging, his gentle promptings without delay; if we were instant in our obedience, just like that horse?” 

Well, you can tell from that verse I read earlier from Job that God takes great delight in horses; I think they are one of His most elegant creations. God also takes delight when He puts a little pressure here or there in our lives – almost imperceptibly – and we respond, switching our lead. God wants us to be so at one with Him that we appear indivisible with our Savior, having one mind, one purpose. Oh, friend, today make it the joy of your heart to do God's will. Don’t balk or disobey or shy away. Trust the one who was holding the reins in your life. Train yourself in godliness so that you might respond happily and instantly to God’s commands.

Oh, and by the way, I would love for you to see one of the best pastel-pencil drawings I did of a horse. I’m telling you, I must’ve chewed through 75 cinnamon-colored pastel pencils to render this drawing, it’s that large. I did it as a gift to my husband Ken, and I call it “The Run.” It shows the beauty and grace of a powerful-looking horse, and I think you’ll like it. In fact, you may want to share it with your Facebook friends. I’ve posted the drawing today on my radio page so, go on line to and let that drawing be a reminder to you to always run in the path of God’s commands, and to do so with a happy-hearted spirit.

© Joni and Friends


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