Horses who have faith in their handler are fearless. When a horse trusts their handler completely, they will charge into war, run through fire, even leap from a tower to dive into water. But when they start out, they are full of fear. In the wild, they are prey for carnivores. Many things will attempt to eat them. So their fear instinct is what keeps them alive.
Even though horses in captivity don’t need to worry about lions, tigers, and bears, most of them still do. They spook at plastic bags, shadows in the horse trailer, even the wind whipping through the bushes next to the riding arena. But if they develop trust in their handler, they can overcome any fear.
Often before we become Christians, we live in fear. We worry about our futures, and so many things we have no control over. Until we turn to our Savior and trust Him to handle it all, we will continue to live in fear, even if we don’t live in the “wild.”
The only way to let go of this fear in both horse and Christian, is by spending time with the handler and learning that he will keep them safe. Only by spending time with his handler can a horse learn to trust them. Through diligent study and prayer, Christians get to know God and will learn to trust Him. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you will no longer go through tough times, it just means that you will have Someone to lean on as you go through them. Someone trustworthy to guide you through even when you are afraid.
Excerpt from the upcoming book Faith In Training by Pauline Creeden
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