Lessons from a Wrangler
- The Master is looking for an obedient and available servant.
- Nick entered the pen, looking for the available horse. Cactus came forward and Nick devoted his time to Cactus. Once the decision was made, Delilah (the other horse), occasionally tried to get Cactus’ or Nick’s attention, but Nick never let her distract him from the work he was doing with Cactus. Nick has plans for both horses, but he trained the one that was ready.
- “Lead me by YOUR truth and teach me, for YOU are the GOD who saves me. All day long I put my hope in YOU.” – Psalm 25:3
- When GOD moves, we have to be available to be a part of what HE is doing. And when we get the sense HE is calling or nudging us, we have to respond.
- The Master has a plan, and while we don’t always understand current conditions, we can trust HE is accomplishing HIS plan.
- Nick knew the reasons for his work with Cactus. He taught Cactus to focus on him, regardless of loud noises or other distractions. Nick knows there will be days ahead, when Cactus is tired and circumstances are not ideal, but the horse will need to trust him for them to get their work done and get home safely. Nick used several tools to train Cactus to trust him. A stick with a flag on it made loud noises, and taught Cactus not worry about distractions. A rope around the Cactus’ hoof forced the horse to follow his master. Both of these exercises built trust between them.
- “I am sure that GOD, who began the good work within you, will continue HIS work until it is finally finished…” – Philippians 1:6
- In the same way it's impossible for a wrangler to explain the purpose of a lesson to his horse, GOD doesn't explain the purpose in all of our trials to us. We need to trust HIS purpose, and that HE is at work within us, continuing HIS work to completion.
- The Master is gracious, and HE understands our rebellion, but is patient and deals with each of us in our own time. He redeems every one of us who turn to HIM.
- Nick was so patient. At one point during his work with Cactus, Delilah kicked Cactus, but Nick calmly kept his focus on what he and Cactus were doing. And once his lesson with Cactus was done, he hopped on Cactus, rode to Delilah and began working with her. She was rougher, but he waited her out and made a successful session out of trying circumstances.
- “We are made right in GOD’s sight when we trust in JESUS CHRIST to take away our sins. And we all can be saved this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.” – Romans 3:22
- I continue to think about the kind, easy way Nick handled both horses. He reminded me of our FATHER, patiently dealing with us, as we are ready. We have a gracious Master, who has adventure and plans for us, waiting on our response to HIM.
The lessons are simple, but as I watched, I was overwhelmed by how well the relationship between a wrangler and his horses compared to our relationship with our FATHER.