|Back of the pack|
That was in 1996 and I haven't been on a horse since. However, Surprise taught me an important lesson that day, he taught me that I hate surprises! The unfortunate part is that life is full of them. Some good, some not so good. I know God has a sense of humor because He would not have sent some of the surprises I've had. And while He knows that I'm not adventurous, He keeps pushing me beyond my fears and reservations to go the distance for Him. And when I'm resistant, He sends horses like Surprise to get me going. My prayer today is that I can learn to embrace the surprises that God has in store for me with a willing and humble heart and even thank him for even some "bad" surprises because they might just be a blessing in disguise. It reminds me of Job who I'd guess was probably very surprised when in one fell swoop lost his children, his fortune, and his health. Surprise Job! Even Job's wife told him to curse God and die, but Job chose to stick by his faith, "...and God blessed the latter part of his life more than the first." Job 42:12.
"Lord help me to embrace the surprises you have in store for me with a grateful heart. Let me see the treasure in my trails, let me face my fears and be bold for you all the time." AMEN