“Ride the horse in the direction it’s going” ~ Werner Erhard
I was talking to one of my fabulous students yesterday. As it so happens, she is an amazing, amazing equestrian. Beyond that, she is an amazing young lady as well. Now, she works very hard at her sport, she practices, she listens carefully to her instructor/coach and she excels in her competitions. She was showing me some photos yesterday, and in one silly photo she is there in her equestrian clothes, but sitting on her horse backwards. The photo was taken in good fun, and it gave us a good laugh. This isn’t her photo, but it makes a point as you will see.
But this morning the photo she showed me and the quote above got me to thinking. It seems like an analogy, doesn’t it? I mean how can we progress if we sit backwards on the horse, and want the horse to go in the direction we erroneously face? The answer here is simple. We cannot progress and we will constantly be frustrated.
So perhaps on days when I am feeling particularly frustrated I need to re-think. What are my obstacles? Am I facing backwards? By that I mean am I focused on the possibilities and looking in the direction of and focusing my efforts on what I hope to accomplish? If God is carrying me forward, am I looking in the direction He is facing? Or am I re-hashing the past and looking backwards? I cannot overcome the obstacles in my path and sail to victory if I am sitting backwards and bemoaning the past. That is not the point of being on our horses, is it?
No! We are to ride boldly towards our futures, holding on with all our might, eyes open — sometimes screaming at the effort; but focusing on our task. We are expected to ride, and to overcome what is in our path. Some people have huge jumps and obstacles to overcome. some people have just jumps that appear to be sticks on the ground to overcome. It all takes effort.
Sometimes it is time to just pat the horse and let the horse cool down. Sometimes we need a little respite. That is ok, and to be expected. Neither we nor our horses can run full tilt all the time. I think that is why I like this horse analogy today. Remember those old Western’s? Sometimes something would happen to the hero mid-ride. He would collapse on the horse. But somehow or other the horse would make it back to the cabin with the hero on his back. And when he arrived, the door would open, someone would come out, tend to the hero and bring him inside.
Later he would often be better. But the point is…God always brings us back to the cabin. At the cabin there is someone to love us.
He supports our jumps, measures our strides, gives us strength for the journey….and ensures that we reach the ones we love so they can carry us in. God bless your day. After a long ride this week, may He lead you by lovely streams, through a cool forest, and then on home….whether you have ridden in huge contests or in your home, just know that He is with you through it all. Love to you~Kate