Fast Day 11

Monday, 1st March

Reading Palm 32

Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you

Psalm 32:9, NIV

This is a great psalm about our relationship with the Lord, but I’m not so sure what verse 9 says about David’s relationship with his horses. From about the age of 8 until I was 12, maybe 13, I used to go to a local stables for a weekly horse riding lesson. I was shown how to move the horse from walk to trot and into a canter. How to jump, and of course how to come to a halt. This was done with a combination of holding the reins and encouraging with the heel, using the bit and bridle. But if the ponies were out in the field you didn’t need to run to them and grab their head harness, no they would come when called – especially if you had “pony nuts” in a bucket. They knew that they were loved, and that a rider coming was going to be a good time in the day, and perhaps entertaining (especially if we fell off). It’s possible to ride without the reins, using ones legs to guide, but one needs confidence and extra experience. But what of the horse, I guess they need to be open to respond as the rider wills, to sense and then move.

As our relationship with God deepens we learn about moving as He wills, it is not about being constricted into a harness of rules, rather we need to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence, and move with the Love of Jesus.

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