In October of last year, my husband found an ad for a free Chestnut Morgan mare. He called and the gentleman delivered her to the ranch. He was giving her away because she was now too much trouble. Apparently he took her to a horse ranch to be bred, and the story goes, she was badly mishandled, because when he brought her back, she was skittish, afraid, did not like being touched or ridden, and would not allow anyone to touch her.
We put her in the pasture with our gelding, and the two of them hit it off right away. I slowly worked with her every day trying to build up her trust in me. She still won’t let me put a harness on her, but we are making progress. I can brush her, trim her mane, tail and bangs. She does not like any sudden movements around her face or head, so I slowly work up to getting close. I have always given our other horse a carrot every morning, and she has gotten brave enough to want one too. I call out their names as I approach, and she comes running, makes little blowing noises with her lips, and even quivers a bit in anticipation. We have now gotten to the point where she will nuzzle my face with her nose before I give her the carrot.
I feel we rescued this horse and are bring her back to a place where she can relax, trust humans again, and have a good life, free of fear.
Aren’t we all just a little bit like this? We been mishandled and now are skittish and mistrustful.
It takes Someone who knows what has happened and has the love to get us back to a place where we can live a good life, free of fear.
That’s why the story of Jesus healing the man who was born blind has moved me in a new way recently. (See John 9)
Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud, applies it to the man’s eyes and tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. (Which means “sent.”) He does and returns seeing. The man tells people what happened and they take him to the Pharisees. He tells them how and what Jesus did. They tell him Jesus cannot be from God because he did this on the Sabbath. They call Jesus a sinner. They ask the man’s parents who tell the Pharisees he’s old enough to speak for himself. So they call the man back and tell him to give glory to God by speaking the truth this time, because they know Jesus is a sinner. The man says I don’t know if he is a sinner or not, but I do know this, I was blind and now I can see!
Then they ask him how he made this happen. The man tells them, “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” Then they cursed him and said we don’t know anything about this man.” The now seeing man replies, “Why, that’s very strange! He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know anything about him! Well God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Never since the world began has anyone been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man we not from God, he couldn’t do it.” He just boldly proclaimed the truth to these men, which is what they asked for!
The Pharisees got mad, called him a sinner, got all proud and uppity saying, “what are you trying to teach us?” and threw him out of the synagogue.
Here comes the part that really moved me.
When Jesus heard what happened, he went and found the man. He stopped what he was doing, and went to the man and asked him if he believed in the Son of Man. The man said, “who is he because I’d like to know.” Jesus replied, “you have seen him and he is speaking to you.” And the man believed and worshiped Jesus.
This brings me great hope and comfort. Jesus hears what happens to us, and comes right away. I also find the part cool, where he says to the man he has just giving sight to, “you have seen him.” Because he literally can see him now, thanks to Jesus!
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10 [NLT])
God loved us first. He hears us, seeks us out, and rescues us.
Now if that doesn’t get you worshiping and praising God, then I’m not going to give you a carrot as a treat!
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