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Pastor's Blog: Horseback Riding

posted Oct 1, 2013, 1:51 PM by Matt Schmitz

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Cheyenne, WY to see our son Kyle who’s stationed at the Air Force base there. Actually, we picked him up and went to Estes Park in Colorado for two days.


In terms of activities, the highlight was horseback riding in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery was breathtaking, but what amazed me the most were the horses. It was a 2-hour trip, much of it up & down steep hills. At times, the footing was extremely treacherous. There were even signs that read: “USE EXTREME CAUTION. PEOPLE HAVE DIED HERE.”


And yet, the horses never seemed to tire and never once stumbled.


By the end of the 2 hours, I totally trusted my horse and wasn’t at all nervous (as I had been at the beginning). At one point, I even closed my eyes as we headed down a particularly steep & rocky path. I did this, not out of fear, but to demonstrate my confidence in my horse.


You probably know where I’m going with this. There are numerous parallels between my experience with that horse and our life with God.


Just like the terrain in the Rocky Mountain National Park, life can be treacherous. Even little slips (or slip-ups) can prove disastrous. Occasionally, signs are posted --     USE EXTREME CAUTION. PEOPLE HAVE DIED HERE – but typically there’s no sign, no protective wall.


Yes, life is treacherous. On my own, I would stumble and fall. Or, I would tire and fall. Either way, I would fall. But, like you, I have chosen to put my trust in God and “ride Him,” so to speak. He is infinitely strong, never tires, never stumbles, and knows the terrain so well, you’d think He designed it.


I confess that I have occasionally closed my eyes out of fear. But as I grow in my relationship with God, I’ve also had the experience of closing my eyes in confidence.


Trusting Him . . . what a great place to be.


Are you experiencing some “rough terrain” at the moment? I know several in our church family who are. If so, who are you depending on to get you through? I urge you to trust in God and then, go ahead, close your eyes.


Pastor Dan