-Phil. 3:16 New International Version-
In the meantime, I have learned a lot about horsemanship. Yes, how the tricks and techniques of riding a horse apply to life. For example, many times the horse wants to buck and bump the rider right off.
While that can happen at any time, a rider needs the skill to harness the horse. Yes, the rider must remember that she or he must take charge or the horse sure will. Similarly, life can push and pull. Just as with a horse, I realized that I need to grasp the reins and take control of my life to the best of my ability. I need to drive life rather than let life steer me.
Of course, at times, the horse and rider can be a delicate balance. As in a dance, the partners must flow. Indeed, a skill!
The other day as I walked in my neighborhood this concept got reinforced. A couple of cowboys were on horseback and one of the horses bolted. Sure enough, the cowboy jerked and jolted just like an old truck on a dilapidated trail.
While the cowboy looked kind of funny, I also felt a little fearful for him. Then I wanted to shout, "Harness him!" as if I had a new found freedom. Thankfully, his friends were there to rescue him.
As I walked away, I giggled. I also felt a little proud. Yes, I knew that back at the ranch, I had become a kind of cowgirl-a rider of life!