Therefore doth my Father love me,
because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.
Growing up on in Idaho I had an opportunity to work on a farm.
I learned life lessons watching my grandfather who was somewhat of a horse whispperer.
He was tasked to train and break large horses.
These massive animals came with even larger ego’s. They did not want to be told what to do by an old farmer. With any command they would kick, prod, snort, and snare as my grandfather would wait patiently through their tantrum. Sometimes he would take these horses head on and meet them face to face with confidence, knowing he knew better.
Often, during these struggles of will, something interesting would happen.
It was almost like the horses could sense the love and trust my grandfather had for them.
As the old farmer and horse would stare off, grandpa won everytime.
The horse would calm down and allow my grandfather to put the reigns on and lead him to where he could be nourished and protected. He gave up the fight only to discover that it was to his own benefit. Through the process the horse learned that he had more to offer and that he could be of great use to the old farmer.
Grandpa always had the best intentions in mind for each horse. Each horse was rewarded and compensated and learned over time to love my grandfather. I could see it in their eyes, how much they loved him, and from watching the incredible effort he put into helping each horse I knew how much he loved them. He would take as long a needed to help each horse finally submit.
He rarely used force or coersion, usually he was gentle and still in the way he corrected their behavior.
Each horse was different, and yet each horse had to learn this one lesson: If you want to have a happy life you have to submit to the old man.
I wonder if we like those horse kick and prod against our Heavenly Father. When he tries to mentor, tutor, and correct do we accept his loving help or do we buck against it? Each of us have to come to a point where we give in on the stare off. Where we finally drop our pride and quit rebelliousness. Remember the Lord taught Saul, “it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5).
It was the love that won the battle every time.
The love of the old man.
If you want to have a happy life, submit to the old man!
Insight & Inspiration
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father…
Job 22:21-30 (NLT)
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored—
so clean up your life.
If you give up your lust for money
and throw your precious gold into the river,
the Almighty himself will be your treasure.
He will be your precious silver!
Then you will take delight in the Almighty
and look up to God.
You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows to him.
You will succeed in whatever you choose to do,
and light will shine on the road ahead of you.
If people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’
God will save them.
Even sinners will be rescued;
they will be rescued because your hands are pure.”
Greater than anger or stubbornness is the power of love. It overcomes fear, pride, and mistrust. Love can help another to reach their greatest potential. That power is manifest in The Father’s love for each of us.
How can you love Him well today?