Lessons from the Barn, #2

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that for the past month, I’ve been working on a ranch as barn staff. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve learned more than I knew was possible to know about horses, people, and running a barn. I’ve also learned that there is a WHOLE LOT I don’t know. But I expected to learn about horses and the barn. What I didn’t expect was to learn about myself.

Each senior barn staff member was assigned a project horse. I got Cypress. The first day I worked with her, we did only ground work – meaning I didn’t ride. Sounds simple, right? It was super frustrating. Cypress didn’t pay attention to me. She paid attention to everything else around her. Those things scared her, and made her want to run all the time. Of course, since she wasn’t paying attention to me, she also wasn’t doing what I asked.

I got to thinking that Cypress and my relationship is a lot like God and my relationship. I haven’t been paying attention to God. Instead, I’ve been looking at everything else around me, and that stuff scares me, and makes me want to run. I’ve looked at finances, got scared that I might not have enough money for the things I want or need, and decided that money was the most important goal. I tried to make the most money possible, and that did not bring true happiness or freedom. I looked at pleasing people – doing whatever it took to keep the peace. Running after that didn’t bring lasting peace or happiness. And finally I’ve realized that if I want true peace and happiness, I’m going to have to look at God, and give Him my full attention. Just like Cypress has to trust me that I’ll take care of the “scary things”, I have to trust God that He’ll take care of all those distractions that scare me. Yes, money and people matter, but my first priority has to be yielding to God, and paying attention to what He is asking me to do. I have to trust Him that He will take care of the other things.

What is God asking you to do? Are you worried about something other than what He has asked you to do? Give it to Him. Trust Him with your life. Trust Him with your path. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is more than worthy of your trust.

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