I’m reading a book called “How to think like a Horse.” It tells how a horse sees objects ahead and how the object becomes a scary monster to them. I starting thinking about how this is true in our lives when we face the trials that are sure to come.
The book explains that we need to realize when dealing with horses that their eyesight is so different from ours because their eyes are set so far apart. As a horse approaches an object he sees it with both eyes (binocular vision) but when he is about 4 feet from it, his monocular vision kicks in and he might suddenly spook or turn his head to see it out of one eye. The object passes from one field of vision to the other. If the rider allows his horse a free rein to get a good look, usually the result is no spook!
I Peter 4:12 tells us “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering.” When we are going a trial we can so easily lose our focus and be afraid. We start focusing on the circumstances and not rely on our faith in God and His guidance and strength. Our line of vision is focusing on a scary object. If we will remember to give God a free rein in our lives, we won’t spook regardless what we are going through. Let Him lead us.
Horses also have blind spots which are directly behind them or on top of them. In the wild, a mountain lion in a tree can wait until the horse walks past and jump on their back. That is why a horse is considered a prey animal and it is amazing they allow us to sit on their backs. Their instincts advise them different.
What causes some of the trials in our lives? Isn’t there a lion out there that attacks us?
I Peter 5:8-9 addresses this—“Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” We need to remember this in a trial. Resist and stand firm. Verse 10 gives us the result of our obedience. We don’t spook.—“And the God of all grace…after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
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