Sunday, 6 January 2008
Startled & Frightened!
Not too long Amos and I went for a trail ride of a couple of miles through the woods. Now Amos does not 'spook' very often. He is a quiet, gentle horse that even my grand kids (ages 8 & 6) can ride. This day was a little different! I could see around the trees up ahead a deer frozen in time, intently watching us. The doe was less than a foot off the trail and I knew that deer and Amos were about to have a confrontation. Only Amos didn't know it - he had not seen the deer. Suddenly it bolted and so did Amos. He just knew something was after him. He whirled and for a split second or two was out of control! Quickly he realized I was still there in the saddle trying to reassure him all was okay. With gentle reassurance, no panic from me, he quickly gathered his composure and was calm. We turned around, headed back down the trail and watched the deer as it bounded off into the woods.
Sometimes as I go through life and those "unexpected events" come up - I bolt or panic. I forget I am following Jesus who already knows whats there. Today as the pastor was preaching I noticed a note I had put in my Bible: "Fret and worry are the result of not calculating with God." I hope 2008 will find me doing more calculating with God.