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Choose Your Horse
Week of June 10, 2012

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”  -Colossians 3:23

Recently, in a team meeting, the issue of temperance and unbridled zeal came up. This proved to be an opportunity for me to share my racehorse testimony.

Now, I am not a close fan of the sport, nor do I gamble. But I do like the beauty and strength of a gleaming, well-bred racehorse. God will use anything, and, as usual, His timing was spot on, as this opportunity arose just days before the Belmont Stakes. And so, here you have it:

Years ago, a few months after God instructed me to host our first Women’s Expo, He showed me a vision of a racehorse standing inside a gate. The horse was partially suited up, and she was alone. There was no jockey. No other horses stood inside the other gates nearby. And the track and stands were empty. God impressed upon me that the horse was symbolic of me.

During those few months before this vision, I had carefully sought the Lord and moved forward step by step, setting details in place for our big event. The only outstanding issue was the finances to pull it off.

So through this vision, God showed me that I was to wait upon Him, that I had showed up to run the race, but that the finances—which I had no control over—were not in place yet. And so I took a deep breath and consciously chose to wait upon the Lord.

Weeks passed. And then the miracles unfolded.

God chose a dear friend through whom to provide the needed funds. This doesn’t sound like much of a miracle unless you know that she had an “incurable” disease and that, as a result, had lost everything, including her job, her finances, her home and her car. I had befriended this woman about a year or so earlier, at the instruction of my pastor, who pointed her out in the back of our church one day and said, “She could use a friend.”

So after befriending this woman for about a year, sharing one another’s burdens and praying for one another’s needs, God gave us both a breakthrough: She received God’s supernatural restoration, not only in her body but in her finances and throughout her life. It all occurred “suddenly,” in a blink of an eye.

My friend phoned me one day, informing me that she had written a check and sent it to our ministry’s address. “Go to your post office box!” she exclaimed. Nearly, two weeks later (on the verge of discouragement), I finally drove to the post office box.

I opened her envelope, and my eyes could see, but my brain could hardly comprehend what God had place in my hands through this woman: A large check in the exact amount we needed!

Once I overcame the initial shock of this double miracle, the Lord showed me another vision of the same racehorse. Only this time, she was suited in full regalia; a jockey was on her back; the stands were full of spectators and the other horses stood alongside. Suddenly, the gate opened; the bell rang; and God showed me a vision of these words in capital letters: RUN, RUN, RUN!!!

My spirit leapt, my body went from rest mode to energized, and I eagerly ran the race the Lord set before me.

God impressed upon me that He was the jockey; that He held the reigns and that, now, He had put all the pieces in place. It was time to finish the race well, to complete the mission.

I was in awe of what God had done! He had given both my friend and I a breakthrough in His perfect timing, and we were both overjoyed!

Now, fast forward a year later.

Starting a ministry from the ground up is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy God’s presence, to learn and grow and to work!

One day, while meeting with our graphic artist, she said something, which I thought to be very odd at the time: “You can either be a thoroughbred or a workhorse.”

I now know that God used her to provoke me to pray once more for additional resources, especially for new people to help me with our growing ministry.

God soon brought the people, and I witnessed Him use each person to help grow the ministry, the Women’s Expo and me.

Here’s what God ultimately taught me about horses:

Thoroughbred: Gloriously suited up, this powerhouse is highly-trained, refined and works under the authority of the jockey (God), who holds the reigns. She is a winner that runs the race God’s way. She is a beauty, the epitome of grace and strength; a well cared for and highly valued jewel. She lives a life of balance and knows how to lead a team God's way.

Workhorse: Engrossed and enslaved by her tasks, this draft horse has the potential for power but is tired, overworked. She has grown weary in well-doing. She sometimes works alone, and sometimes works in teams. But her joy is a distant memory, and a fear of not accomplishing tasks on time drives the vision. There is no adornment and no real engagement with others, except to accomplish daily tasks. She is barely functional and often clomps on delicate things. She needs to come away with Jesus and get some rest big time.

A wildly passionate, overly zealous runner. Has a lot of energy, but is unfocused and unbridled. Accomplishes little, if anything, because she’s all over the place. She frequently shifts direction, driven by whatever she sees and feels. Spiritually and/or emotionally immature. Lacks real self control. Selfish, free flowing agenda reigns. All about "me" and doesn't even know it. Knows how to duck and dodge. Hops from project to project, not completing much. Doesn't truly understand who she is in Christ. Hides her insecurity behind a mask of fast moves, flattery and chatter (not to mention accessories). Definitely needs a bit and bridle.

Pack Mule: A beast of burden; weighted down and limited by unresolved issues, lack of knowledge and worries; “stuff.” Grumpy and contentious, this beast really doesn’t want to be bothered outside of her own little world and way of doing things. She is miserable and opinionated, and anyone who works or lives with her and comes under her authority walks on eggshells. She is too oppressed to run with the pack; thus, she misses out on much and blames others for her lack. A victim with a bad attitude. Definitely needs deliverance.

Donkey: Considered unclean in Biblical times. Need I say more?

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16
Margaret D. Mitchell

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