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Spiritual Lesson from a Run-Away Horse

I have a mental defect. I don’t do left and right very well. I cannot make a two-sided copy of a document on a copy machine to save my life.

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When my children were in car seats I could never remember which one went into the right and left car seat (after 4 years!.) I recognize my limitations. Saturday evening we planned on driving our miniature horses with our grandchildren.

Because of my left-right-mental defect, I don’t allow children to talk while I’m harnessing the horses. It can be dangerous. There are a LOT of different hooks and buckles that need to be attached carefully or someone can get hurt. I broke the rule.


I was almost finished harnessing Comanche when the children got into an argument over whose helmet was whose. I stopped harnessing to address the argument. I lost my place before I completed the harnessing.

Thinking the horse was harnessed properly, I unhitched Comanche from the barn wall and got in the cart with my whip (I always go on a test drive before I take the children).

Runaway Horse!

Comanche immediately bolted from the barn in a full gallop. I instantly pulled on the reigns only to find I had forgotten to clip the reins to the horse’s bit –the most essential hook! I was on a runaway horse.


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A runaway horse is bad; a runaway horse with an attached cart carrying middle-aged woman is a nightmare.

Mentally I knew pulling on the reins was useless but I kept pulling and hollering, “Whoa!” Comanche misinterpreted my whoa as, “Faster, faster!”

My husband, children and grandchildren watched in horror as the horse took off across the pasture. I had many thoughts in those few seconds.

  1. God help me! I said this many times loudly (in case He couldn’t hear me).
  2. There is no emergency break. Should I jump? This cart is going to eventually be on top of me. Should I try to jump and clear it? (some faith, huh?).
  3. Thank God I have been taking my chlorophyll because my calcium levels are higher and I might not break my hip (yes, I really did think this).
  4. Who is going to clean the house when I break my hip?
  5. (No, I did not think this is something to blog about.)
  6. If I live through this I will never ever forget to clip the reins to the bit again.
  7. Pleeeeeease God help me!

Comanche was going MUCH faster than we have ever, ever driven (I’m not sure how fast, it felt like 150 MPH but minis with a cart can only travel 15 to 20 MPH).

As I braced myself, we made a hard right turn and the cart went up on one wheel. I implanted and locked my feet on the foot dash (grateful we chose the cart with the foot dash).

We were running out of open area in a full gallop heading toward the second barn and the fence. We would have to slam into the barn or the fence. I was trying to decide which was more appealing (like I had a choice) when Comanche stopped on a dime 3/4 inch from the fence (OK, maybe a foot).

I blinked, shakily got out of the cart, hooked up the reins, then got back in the cart (with my red face) drove over to my family to give the grandchildren the promised ride.

I was immersed in thought about the spiritual lesson I had just learned.

Spiritual Object Lesson

Have you guessed yet? Isn’t it incredibly obvious? A few months ago I compared tugging the reins right or left to listening for the Holy Spirit’s tugs—I was thinking, God can’t control me if I don’t give Him the reins. A runaway horse is an object lesson of us without God in control.

James 4:3-4 says “Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well.”

Psalms 32:9 says “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” but instead look to Him to instruct “and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (v. 8).

We recently watched a movie about a border collie Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy. When Mist was first trained to work with the sheep she didn’t do well and had to be leashed and taken back to the barn. As she matured and learned her master’s ways he no longer needed the leash; the master could whisper a command from across the field and the dog obeyed.

We make hundreds of decisions daily, sometimes obvious—right or wrong–according to God’s Word. Pray that you hear the tugs of the Holy Spirit and that you are so tuned into God and His Word (His ways) that you obey His commands when He whispers.

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  1. Wow, wow, and more wow!!!! I’m so glad that the Lord kept you safe. / / /

    It’s also excellent that you have such good, safe practices (like test runs without the children, etc) It’s wise to know our limits and be aware of them so that we can work within them and not push eh!

    Bless you Robin, thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a post! Thank God you’re ok! And the lesson is definitely one I need to take heed too more. Thank you!

    Laura @ Laura Williams’ Musings’s last blog post..So What Does My Grocery List Look Like?

  3. ~Cheryl~ from HS Lounge

    It just always amazes me how God works through you during and after these close scares! Whew! What a close one!

    I have sort of a navigation, right-left dyslexia so I know what you’re talking about.

  4. Whoa (pun intended)…that WAS scary! One thing’s for sure, Robin…you do NOT lead a boring life! 😉 Thank you, Lord, for your protection!

    Terrific spiritual object lesson, btw!


  5. Thank God that you are okay (and didn’t break any hips!) God is wonderful isn’t He, to give us these little reminders.

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  6. I totally feel your right/left dilemma. If I’m not wearing my watch I get totally confused!

    As for the object lesson – I needed that. I’m just glad I got to hear it from YOUR experience instead of my own.

    It’s not enough to just HEAR the word, but I have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me.


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  7. Thank you , Robin. Thank you for sharing what God is teaching you—your blog is a blessing. in Christ, Gin

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  8. Thank you so much Robin! Beautiful lesson as always and a perfect way to start my day! Glad you were okay!

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  9. Praising the Lord for your survival! Thanking Him for the foot dash and stability you did not know the cart had. Glad your grandchildren now know why rules cannot be broken and arguments can cause physical harm.

    So glad you are Good!

    Because of Jesus, Bobbie

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  10. Robin,
    I am so glad you are ok! Your story brought back an event that happened to me several years ago. I was at a ladies retreat, and although the Lord was leading me to go to a certain session, I wanted to go on a trail ride instead. Well, the horse I got was named “Tiny” but that was obviously a joke. He knew right away that he was boss. He gave me fits at every turn and I was getting really worried about his strong-headedness. He started causing a lot of trouble and he ended up bolting back to the corral, on the way going right through a traffic area and then he tried to brush me off on a huge pine tree. I had an older (solid) camera around my neck, and it bruised my arms and chest from his wild ride. Not to mention the enormous bruises on my legs from the saddle. I was a mess! After finally getting off (and feeling like jelly, I was a wreck) I went and rested and got in the hot tub. After that I went to the evening session and had been praying, Lord, what is so important for you to teach me that you practially had to kill me to get my attention? At that moment, the speaker said that God has “Unbridled Love” for us, and He wants us to know that nothing can get in the way of that! I nearly fell over when I heard it. LOL!

    Anyway, He is so good to give us lessons in whatever situation we get ourselves in. I still have a fear of horses, but I will forever trust in the Lord, no matter what.


  11. I want to be like Mist the sheepdog, & respond even when my Master only whispers!
    Also, very glad you were safe! Bet that was scary!

  12. Super nice story, and I like your voice!

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