Finding Our Stride
Job 39:19-26, Hebrews 12:1
While recently watching the movie Secretariat for the third time, I was once again entralled with the nobility of racehorses. Seeing this magnificent creature of God display its amazing strength, power and forceful endurance was breathtaking. The thundering rhythmic gallop of its hooves using each connection to the ground to catapult it forward gracefully was in itself inspiring. God's own description of a horse in the book of Job reveals His creative intent was fulfilled in this animal. He questions Job's comprehension of its intricate characteristics. "Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting?" He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray." (Job 39:19-22) The movie kept my attention as I watched Secretariat take his imposing body headlong towards the finish line, with muscular legs that seem disproportionately small yet all too agile.
About the time I began to feel satiated with this glorious creature, a new perspective grabbed my attention. Atop this majestic high station rode its jockey. With typical lightweight diminutive size he was the perfect pairing for success. I couldn't help but consider how the rider must feel as he becomes one with the horse experiencing every ounce of power, strength and exhilarating force flow through his own being as well. I imagine that for a jockey, these thrilling yet transitory moments are their most purposeful fulfillments of God's plan for their life. No doubt many men of small stature struggle in their comparative walks alongside the common height of man. Yet, during these brief times of skillful exuberance, they find their stride in life with tall satisfaction. What a beautiful metaphor for all believers, equestrian or not, as we ride through life. It is a clear illustration of the importance of "laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us." (Hebrews 12:1b)
Then, just as swiftly as the race rounds another bend, my thoughts turn to the beauty of the metaphor racing by. We are, after all, minuscule in stature next to our great and mighty God. Truly, we are only powerful when we learn to let our Lord's strength charge through our spirits. It is by His strength that we can do all things, not by our own. When we become one with the Lord in purpose and goal, we harness His power like the jockey who lets the horse take him steadfast toward the finish line. Whether we are at the pinnacle of a life changing moment or still working our way through everyday stuff, only through His might and strength will we truly run the race He has set before us.
God continues to challenge Job in chapter 39:22-25 describing the horse and its strength. "He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing and doesn't shy away from the sword. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground and he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds." I pray that my Lord will make me feel that way about each and every day that He gives me.